As we mentioned earlier, sometimes you need supplemental treatments before beginning your dental implants treatment. You will need healthy jawbone density in order for your implant to heal and successfully integrate into your jaw.
In order for your jaw to maintain a healthy muscle tone it needs continuous and regular stimulation. Jaw muscles are stimulated when you chew, speak, and swallow. Unfortunately, if you’ve suffered from tooth loss, you can lose the function to chew. This can lead to a lack of bone and muscle volume in the jaw.
Bone grafts are a surgical procedure where a doctor affixes bone tissue to the section of your jawbone that lacks girth. Bone grafts are simple procedures that date back to ancient egypt. With advancements in medicine and technology, there are three main types of bone graft treatments available:
Bone grafting is relatively simple and can usually be done as an outpatient procedure with little pain or discomfort. It takes about 3-6 months for the donated bone to sufficiently fuse with your jawbone and create a firm foundation for your implants.
A current scientific study is trying to find a way to help patients regenerate their bone through a protein therapy. Until then, bone grafting is the best treatment to get your jaw prepped for your tooth implant journey.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Cooper, he’ll perform a complete examination and x-rays to determine if you need a bone graft. The exam is easy, painless and can be done in a simple appointment. Your dental implant success will depend on the health of your current teeth, face, and jawbone. Contact our office today, so we can figure out what steps you’ll need to take to getting your smile back.
Keith M. Cooper
5150 Graves Ave. Suite 12E
San Jose, CA
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