Dental implants can be a remarkable treatment, offering a long-term solution that replaces missing teeth down to the roots. In fact, the implant itself is a biocompatible artificial root that integrates with the jawbone, giving the prosthetic a strong, stable, and robust support.
This biocompatible fixture is the source of the implants strength, and to ensure that the implant properly integrates with the jaw there needs to be enough bone density for the fixture to “grab” on to.
The Amazing Science of Dental Implants
One of the crucial processes that happen as part of the procedure is the integration of the implant fixture with the underlying bone. What’s most remarkable about this process is that it’s a natural, biological process that your body itself undertakes.
The dental implant actually doesn’t “grab” on to anything. It’s the bone that regenerates and grows, weaving its tissue around the fixture and — depending on the fixture design — through microscopic pores along its surface. This is known as osseointegration and it’s the reason why dental implants are such a strong, long-lasting treatment for tooth loss.
For this process to be effective, there has to be enough bone to anchor the implant fixture into place. If it has been a while since the original tooth was lost, the jaw has a propensity to lose bone density. Luckily, we can still get the underlying bone to a place where it can accept the implant fixture.
Bone Grafting and Regeneration
A bone graft would take place before the implant fixture is placed and it involves taking bone from one source, applying it to the weakened area of the jaw, and allowing this bone to naturally increase the density of the tissue.
If the jawbone is allowed to lose density, it may ultimately lead to a reduction in its overall surface area. Skin can begin to loosen around the jawline, giving the appearance of a sunken jaw and causing premature wrinkling. A bone augmentation can help restore the density and health of the jaw, preventing these issues.
Only a Dentist Can Offer an Accurate Diagnosis
Even if your jawbone has suffered from some loss in density, not all implant treatments are the same. The procedure is customized to you and how much density is required depends on where the implant is placed and what it’s meant to support.
Sometimes, placing the implant itself stimulates bone growth and regeneration. If you’re asking, “Do I need a bone graft?” The most accurate answer that anybody could give online is, “it depends.”
Dr. Stanislaus is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has been trained by the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute. Our goal is to add value to your life by sharing our expertise and giving our professional opinion, an opinion that you can take anywhere.
Schedule your consultation with us. It’s no-obligation. Come in and let us help you find the right solution for your needs.