After losing teeth, many people receive dental implants to fill in the gaps. Some people will be able to have a successful procedure immediately. Others will have a deteriorated jawbone and will require a bone grafting procedure for the implants to work. Our dentist in Schaumburg, IL will examine your oral health to determine whether you require bone grafting prior to the implants.
Why Is Bone Grafting Necessary?
Teeth stimulate jawbone tissue. When the tooth root is lost, the body begins to resorb the jawbone tissue back into the body. The reason for this is that the tissue is not in use, so the body leaches calcium to utilize in other areas. In just one year after losing a tooth, you can lose up to 25 percent of your jawbone’s density in the area the tooth was lost. Therefore, if you wait a while to get an implant, then there is a greater likelihood you will need bone grafting.
How Does Bone Grafting Help?
Losing density is a serious problem because the implant needs a firm foundation to fuse with the jawbone. The implant itself goes directly into the jawbone. You can think of it as fixing a screw into a piece of wood. The wood needs to be thick enough to support the screw, and you need a strong jawbone to support the titanium post.
How Does It Work?
There are various ways for bone grafting to work. However, most patients will benefit from a socket graft. This is when bone tissue is taken from a human donor and placed directly into the socket where the implant will go. It takes about four to six months for the area to heal, and you will be ready for your implant at the end of it.
All This Is Done at Our Office
Whether you need bone grafting or dental implants, you need to call the office of Dr. Jignesh Patel in Schaumburg, IL. We will take the necessary steps to replace any missing teeth and will make sure your restorations succeed.