The first step towards getting implants is an evaluation by your dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. Implants entail embedding one or more titanium posts into your jaw to act like tooth roots in supporting your prosthetic teeth. This requires that you have sufficient bone structure for the procedure. If your jawbone structure is lacking, your Centennial, Colorado dentist, Dr. Ava Khodakhast, may recommend having a bone graft to strengthen the infrastructure of your jaw before proceeding with your implant treatment. You can learn more about bone grafting at Argyle Family Dental.
When you lose natural teeth, your jawbone starts to recede as there are no tooth roots to stimulate bone growth. The longer you wait to replace missing teeth, the more your jawbone could atrophy. That’s why replacing missing teeth is important as soon as possible after losing them.
You need sufficient bone density for implants to integrate into your jaw successfully. That’s where a bone graft comes in. Bone grafting entails taking bone from one area of your body and grafting it onto your jaw to increase bone density to support your implants. A bone graft will thicken and widen your jawbone to provide ample support for your implant, ensuring it works properly for years and years. In many cases, bone grafting is all it takes to make implants for seniors possible.
If you’re considering replacing lost teeth with implants and your dentist mentions bone grafting, there’s no need for alarm. Bone grafting, for the most part, is a fairly routine procedure for implant surgery. The procedure can be completed at our Centennial, Colorado, dental practice under local anesthesia or conscious sedation, if you prefer, to put you at ease. Here are some additional facts you should know about bone grafting.