Dental implants represent the pinnacles of teeth replacement capabilities. They allow us to replace the root structures of your missing teeth, so you can receive new teeth that are functionally and aesthetically indistinguishable from natural teeth. Sometimes, inadequate bone density can get in the way of dental implants — that’s where bone grafting enters the picture.
You Need Strong Bone Density for Implants
A dental implant is a screw-like post drilled into the jawbone underneath the missing tooth’s location, which serves as a replacement for the tooth’s root. Once the implant is drilled into the jawbone, your body initiates osseointegration, which leads to the fusion of your bone tissues with the implant surface, making the implant a firmly rooted part of the dental anatomy. Since the implant must merge with the jawbone, you need strong bone density for implants.
Most people have enough jawbone density for dental implants. But some don’t. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone gradually gets reabsorbed into the body, especially in your upper and lower front teeth, where the socket walls are thin. Over time, the gradual loss of bone leads to insufficient bone density during implant surgery. Dr. Kayvan Fathimani, our world-renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon, performs bone grafting to stimulate natural jawbone regeneration, so you can proceed with dental implants.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves placing bone grafting materials into the thin bone surrounding the empty socket. Your body responds to the bone grafting material by stimulating jawbone regeneration. Over the next 3 to 6 months, your jawbone density gradually increases, making you a suitable candidate for dental implants. Bone grafting can also be performed during tooth extraction to prevent the loss of jawbone, ensuring you remain a good candidate for dental implants in the future.
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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in cutting-edge dental implant techniques. He thoroughly evaluates your teeth and dental anatomy to identify the safest, most effective, and least invasive path to restoring your smile. Please schedule a consultation to explore your bone grafting options in Lone Tree.