Implantology & Bone Grafting
Implantology refers to a dental specialism that is dedicated to the placement of dental implants. Dental implants provide patients with a highly successful, discreet and effective way at replacing their missing teeth. Their innovative design means that they are stronger and more durable than other tooth replacement solutions while ensuring that no pressure or damage is placed on surrounding teeth. This is because each dental implant contains an artificial root in the form of a titanium post that is placed into the jaw bone via the gum tissue. It is to this that the porcelain crowns that make up the visible part of your replacement tooth are attached.
The placement of these titanium posts is absolutely crucial to the success of dental implants. This is because the design of this solution relies on a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration refers to the growth of new bone around each dental implant, securing it permanently in the gum. Since bone is alive and can regenerate, when it is disrupted to place the implant into the jaw, the bone is stimulated to grow back around the device. If there is not enough healthy bone in the jaw, osseointegration fails and the dental implant will not be secure. It is for this reason that the health and viability of the bone in the jaw is assessed before a patient is agreed to be a suitable candidate for dental implants.
What are my options if my jaw bone cannot viably support dental implants?
Many people mistakenly believe that a lack of healthy bone in their jaw means that dental implants are not possible. Fortunately, a bone grafting procedure can strengthen the jaw bone and enable virtually any patient to benefit from the revolutionary solution that is dental implants.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a fairly common procedure that is used to prompt healthy bone growth and restore bone density and strength to a specific area of the body. In the case of dentistry and specifically implantology, this refers to adding bone to the jaw so that dental implants can be successfully placed.
The process itself involves removing a small piece of bone from another part of your jaw or body and transplanting it onto the area of the jaw where the dental implant will be placed. Sometimes the actual bone is not used and instead a synthetic substance is placed into the area. Both have been shown to be very effective at stimulating new bone growth. To help the bone regenerate the graft is usually covered with a collagen membrane. This acts as a scaffold onto which your body will build new bone.
Bone grafting can typically be performed using just a local anesthetic, although sedation can also be provided for patients who are particularly anxious. Since a small incision is required into the gum to place the graft, you may find that the tissue around the incision is a little sore for a few days after your procedure. However, this can usually be managed using over the counter pain relief.
It can take a number of months for the bone graft to create enough new bone to successfully support a dental implant. For this reason, your dental implant specialist probably won’t schedule your implant surgery for around 4-6 months after your bone grafting procedure.
If you would like more information about implantology, dental implants or bone grafting, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to determine if you are a good candidate for these procedures, please get in touch with our experienced and reassuring team. Call or visit our offices in Brooklyn, NY today.If you would like more information about implantology, dental implants or bone grafting, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to determine if you are a good candidate for these procedures, please get in touch with our experienced and reassuring team. Call or visit our offices in Brooklyn, NY today.