No matter how many teeth you’re missing, dental implants in Medford are undoubtedly the best way to replace them. They are able to perfectly replicate all the portions of a missing tooth in a way that looks and feels completely natural. However, not everyone can get them right away. Sometimes you may require certain procedures beforehand, like a bone graft. What exactly is a bone graft? Continue reading to find out.
What Are Dental Implants?
To understand how a bone graft works, you first have to know what dental implants are. There are three basic components:
- Implant post: The implant itself is a (usually) titanium post that is surgically inserted directly into the jawbone to mimic the root of a lost tooth.
- Abutment: The abutment is a metal attachment that connects the implant post to the crown.
- Crown: This is the visible restoration that goes on top of the implant and abutment to give your tooth back its appearance and function.
As mentioned earlier, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. Then, over a period of a few months, the implant posts fuse with the jawbone until they essentially become part of your anatomy. They will feel like a natural part of your body, so much so that you might even forget that you have them!
However, not everyone can receive dental implants, at least not right off the bat. You must have enough healthy jawbone to support and grow around the implants. Bone loss in your jaw is a natural consequence of having missing teeth for a while, but if you have already experienced jawbone loss, not to worry. You still may be able to receive dental implants. You might just have to undergo a bone graft first to make sure the implants don’t fail.
How Does a Bone Graft in Medford Work?
If your dentist determines that your jawbone is too soft or thin to support a dental implant, they will suggest a bone graft first. This procedure entails either taking a portion of bone from somewhere else in your body, or – as is more common these days – using an artificial bone grafting material and attach it to your jawbone.
Then, you will need to wait a few months while your jawbone heals and strengthens itself. When that wait is over, you will be ready to get your dental implants and start improving your quality of life.
Just because you have experience jawbone loss doesn’t mean you can never receive dental implants. It simply means that your journey might take a few extra steps. But, the wait will be worth it!
About the Author
Dr. Trevor Peterson earned his dental degree from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He has undergone advanced training in both sedation and implant dentistry. He has seven years and counting of experience as a dentist, and is looking forward to having many more at Premier Care Dental in Medford, OR. If you’re missing teeth and wondering whether you need a bone graft before you can get dental implants, schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Peterson by calling (541) 200-6747.