Dental implants are an exceptional, long-term solution to tooth loss. They also preserve the health of your jawbone. This procedure restores missing teeth right down to the roots.
An implant is secured in place by the fixture, a prosthetic root that provides a durable foundation for a natural-looking porcelain replacement tooth. Your dental implant is custom-made to give you a natural-looking smile.
Because the implant fixture is biocompatible, the bones in your jaw will develop a firm attachment to it. The dental implant comes together with the jaw, producing a strong foundation.
The Amazing Science of Dental Implants
A crucial step of the implant process is the fusion of the dental fixture with the surrounding jawbone. The dental implant process is made possible by a natural process called osseointegration, which is the direct attachment of the bone and dental implant. As the bone regenerates and grows, it intertwines the tissue around the artificial root through microscopic pores along its surface. As the jawbone heals, it develops around the implant and secures it into the jaw. This remarkable process makes dental implants a highly effective and long-lasting treatment for tooth loss.
In order for a dental implant to be effective, there must be a sufficient amount of bone to support the implant fixture. But the bones around an open socket diminish over time due to a process called resorption. Fortunately, Dr. Stanislaus can often remedy this situation with bone grafting.
Bone Grafting and Regeneration
A bone graft is a small portion of bone tissue that Dr. Stanislaus surgically attaches to the surgical site to provide extra bone density. This may be required due to resorption or because the area of the jaw where the implant is going may not be thick enough to support an implant.
The bone graft will trigger natural bone growth, enhancing the density of the jawbone. The tissue used for a bone graft may be taken from another part of the patient’s body or it may be synthetic. As soon as your bone graft has taken hold, you can return to our office so we can begin the implant process.
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Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Stanilslaus can say for sure if you’ll require a supplemental treatment such as bone grafting. Sometimes just placing the implant will stimulate sufficient bone growth and regeneration. Every patient is different. Dr. Stanilaus at Brooklyn Heights Dental will designs your treatment based on your unique situation.
If you’re living with one or more missing teeth and you’re interested in a permanent solution for your smile, find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants today.
Give us a call at (718) 865-8320 to learn more about what our implants can do for your smile. If you decide to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stanislaus, he’ll recommend the treatment that’s right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need a bone graft?
A bone graft is often necessary for patients who’ve lived with missing teeth or worn dentures for a long time. This is because when you lose a tooth, that area of your jawbone loses its source of stimulation and begins to shrink. Eventually, your jawbone can deteriorate completely, resulting in sagging skin, premature wrinkles, and a misaligned bite.
Patients who want to restore their smile with dental implants need a strong, healthy jawbone for the procedure to work. A bone graft allows patients who’ve suffered significant bone loss to become ideal candidates once again. Thanks to this quick procedure, more patients can qualify for implants than ever before.
Are bone grafts required for dental implants?
No — in fact, many patients are able to receive implants without a bone graft. If you’ve only recently lost a tooth and you act quickly, your jawbone should remain fully intact, eliminating the need for a bone graft. In general, no two patients’ jaws are exactly the same and the severity of bone loss after losing a tooth can vary.
During your consultation with Dr. Stanislaus, he’ll evaluate the strength and density of your jawbone to determine if a bone graft will be necessary.
How long does it take to recover from a bone graft?
Following your surgery, the initial recovery period is about two weeks. During this time, you’ll need to follow some post-op instructions from Dr. Stanislaus such as sticking to soft foods and avoiding rinsing or spitting for at least two days. It’s also crucial that you don’t put any pressure on the wound while it’s healing.
Once your mouth starts to heal, you can resume normal activity and eat without restrictions. Depending on the size of the graft, most patients will see solid bone mass in 3 to 6 months.
Are bone grafts painful?
Not at all! Dr. Stanislaus will administer anesthesia or sedation to ensure you’re relaxed and don’t feel any pain throughout the procedure. Once the treatment is finished, most patients report little to no discomfort. If you’re experiencing any soreness or tenderness, your symptoms should be easily manageable with over-the-counter pain medications.