Do Dental Implants Require Bone Grafts to Work?

The loss of one or more teeth can have a negative effect on one’s confidence. A missing tooth can be replaced by the Wicker Park Cosmetic Dentist in a number of ways. The best approach can be a tooth implant. This implant is, of course, a false tooth that is attached to a piece of metal that has been set in the jawbone.

Some patients do not have enough bone to make that feasible. Many times the bone in the rear molar area is not supportive enough and, if the tooth the patient wants to replace has been missing for some time, the bone below that tooth may have eroded due to lack of stimulation. In these cases, a bone graft may be necessary.

Dental Implants and Bone Grafts

Bone can be grafted onto the jaw and that requires taking bone from another area of the body and placing it over the area at the replacement tooth site. It can take over six months to a year for the bone to be fully joined with the jaw. There may be an alternative to this procedure; however, and that would be to do a sub periosteal implant. This differs from the other implant in that the replacement tooth will rest on the underlying bone and not require fusion with that bone to work. These implants have many of the same advantages that the fused implant does.

They will be more permanent than a bridge or crown attached to adjacent teeth and they will make both eating and speaking much easier than if the patient had a partial denture. Certainly the fused implant will be preferable as it will stimulate the bone it is attached to keep it healthy, but the sub periosteal implant does take less time than an implant requiring a bone graft.

These and all other options for replacing missing teeth can be discussed in the Wicker Park, Bucktown area with the Dental Implant Dentist Dr. Paul Anast at Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry office.