If you’re looking into getting dental implants, it’s necessary that you have enough bone mass to support them. This is what gives them the stability that other restorations don’t have. If you don’t have enough bone, you may be able to use bone grafting to still get those implants. Dr. Datta of Ridgetop Dental, a dentist in Sterling, VA, explains how bone grafting works and if it’s an option for you.
When Would I Need a Bone Graft?
Bone grafts are necessary when there isn’t enough bone there to support a dental implant. A lot of bone tissue is needed to support the dental implants and make sure they’re stable and secure. This is what ensures a long-lasting dental restoration that’ll work for you for the years to come.
Bone loss is something that comes with tooth loss. If you lost your tooth or had to have a tooth extraction, your bone deteriorates over the years after it. The tooth root is what helps support healthy bone growth, and the root is removed when you lose that tooth. Bone loss also gives you the look of a sunken face, which may make you self-conscious about more than just your smile.
The Bone Grafting Process
Bone grafting is an intensive process. First, Dr. Datta will examine your bone density with 3-D imaging and quality dental technology. This will help him determine whether or not your bone is dense enough to support dental implants. If you’ve had tooth loss and waited years to replace your tooth, it’s likely that the bone has become too thin to support an implant properly.
A variety of materials are available to choose from for the bone grafting process. Your own bone can be used, as well as one from a cadaver, or some sort of synthetic material. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Dr. Datta will go over these materials with you in a consultation so that you can decide the best option for your procedure together.
Bone grafting helps spur more bone growth in this area. Due to this, it takes 3-6 months after the procedure to heal and develop enough bone for the implantation process. Bone grafting is done with sedation dentistry to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. We offer laughing gas, IV sedation, and full general anesthesia as sedation options in our office. Dr. Datta will help you determine which is the right one for you.
After you’ve waited the 3-6 months for the bone to heal and set properly, the dental implant process can begin. Titanium posts are implanted into this new bone. Another 3-6 months of healing will be needed so that the titanium posts can fuse with the bone fully. This is what keeps them stable and allows you to have a natural, beautiful dental restoration.
Your Dentist in Sterling, Virginia
At Ridgetop Dental, we’re experienced in all facets of implant dentistry. Are you interested in dental implants for your smile? Call us or schedule an appointment online!