Whether for the replacement of one or more teeth, implants represent one of the greatest advances of the last decades in the field of dentistry, offering the possibility of fixing crowns or dental prostheses to the jaws permanently.
The most commonly used implants are cylindrical screws made of titanium. They are inserted into the jaw bone and serve as artificial tooth roots to support crowns, bridges and other partial or complete dentures.
However, in some cases, patients may need to get a bone graft prior to getting an implant. This article will explore that relationship between the two.
- Implants restore the aesthetics and comfort of natural teeth.
- They allow to find a chewing promoting normal digestion.
- They preserve the jaw bone and prevent premature aging of the face.
- It’s a long-term solution.
- Implants help restore confidence and self-esteem.
Who are Dental Implants For?
Implants are an excellent solution for patients with the following characteristics:
- A healthy general health profile
- Healthy gums
However, a sufficient amount of bone to support the implants is necessary. If there was atrophy of the jawbone, bone grafting may be necessary before receiving the implants.
Additionally, dental implants are only installed in patients with facial skeleton growth, usually at 18 years of age. However, there is no age limit for receiving implants.
Your periodontist, Dr. Samir Patel will be able to confirm that you are a good candidate to receive implants during a consultation.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
The placement of an implant is done under local anesthesia and is not painful.
An intravenous sedation can be administered to reduce anxiety and ensure relaxation and comfort during implant placement.
What is Bone Grafting?
Minimal bone volume is required for implant placement. This bone could be lost over the years where the teeth are missing.
When the amount of bone is insufficient, it becomes necessary to proceed to increase by bone graft.
Modern techniques now make bone regeneration possible, allowing us to perform implant placement after healing.
What is the Process of Getting Dental Implants?
Replacing missing teeth with implants is a procedure that is done in different stages over a period of a few months.
These steps include:
- An assessment of the patient (clinical examination, x-rays, medical history, etc.). Treatments are planned and coordinated with your dentist
- Of interventions prior such as extractions or bone grafts are planned only if necessary
- The placement of one or more implants in the jaw bone (the implant will need a period of 3 to 6 months to bind firmly to the bone)
- The installation of a prosthesis on the implant (s) (crown, bridge or other type of dental prosthesis)
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
The treatment steps could vary greatly from one patient to another. Your surgeon will meet you first for an initial consultation during which he will be able to confirm the treatment schedule.
For a majority of patients, only one surgical step will be necessary. A healing period of 3 to 6 months is expected (period when the implant merges with the bone). During this time, it will be possible to wear a temporary prosthesis to replace the missing tooth(s). In some cases, it is even possible to extract the teeth, place the implants and put in the mouth a prosthesis fixed to the implants in a few hours.
Questions? Contact our Periodontist in Fort Mill!
Our periodontist in Fort Mill, Dr. Samir Patel, is experienced in providing both dental implants & bone grafts in Fort Mill, SC! If you have any questions about bone grafts or dental implants — or are looking to schedule an appointment — please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff! We look forward to treating you and your family.