Dental implants are amazing pieces of technology that allow people to keep eating and speaking normally even when their natural teeth have been removed. Before Dr. Jignesh Patel can place an implant, however, he must first determine if the patient has the bone density needed to keep the implant in place. For some patients, a bone graft provides the path to implant success.
It Starts With the Bones
Implants are titanium posts that Dr. Patel inserts into the jaw bone. This serves a few benefits: it holds the implant and crown securely in place so they do not move, and it provides support for the jawbone to prevent deterioration. If the current state of the bone is not strong enough, it increases the risk of the implant failing or falling out.
A Bone Graft May Be Necessary
While not every patient may qualify, some who are good candidates for dental implants may be able to have a bone graft to strengthen the bone enough to support the implant posts. The bone graft can come from the patient, a donor, or an animal. In some cases, synthetic material is used.
Dr. Patel will remove the tooth requiring extraction and graft bone in to heal in time for the implant procedure. After sufficient healing has occurred, the patient can then come in for an implant procedure. If the graft was successful, the jawbone should be stronger, increasing the success rate of the implant staying in place.
Because a bone graft is a surgical procedure, it needs to happen well in advance of placing a dental implant. The sooner you get in to see Dr. Patel, the sooner you can find out if this procedure is right for your situation.
Success Starts Here
As with any dental procedure, there is a chance of success or failure with dental implants. You can find out if you are a good candidate for implants by scheduling a visit with Dr. Patel at Schaumberg Dental Studio. Contact our office in Schaumburg, IL today to make an appointment.