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.
Start Your Journey Today
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.