Dental implants offer candidates a host of benefits, but in order to maximize those benefits, patients must be good candidates for initial dental implant placement. To learn whether dental implants are feasible in your case, you should schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon who can review your circumstances.
Dental Implant Consultation
At this consultation, the oral surgeon will evaluate the quality of bone at the proposed dental implant site. Bone loss is the most common barrier to dental implant placement because adequate bone tissue is essential to the osseointegration process that makes the dental implant a fixture in the patient’s jaw.
Unfortunately, bone loss is a consequence of tooth loss, so patients who postpone getting their dental implants for too long may find that this becomes an obstacle for them. Additionally, patients who have congenital bone defects that limit the amount of available bone tissue may face similar challenges in getting dental implants.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Fortunately, bone loss or other deficits do not meant that a patient can never access this treatment option. Preliminary bone grafts can help to supplement the tissue at the proposed implant site. The surgeon can obtain donor tissue from elsewhere in the patient’s body, such as the chin or hip, or from an external source and insert it at the implant site. Over the course of several months, the native bone integrates the donor bone tissue into the jaw.
A bone graft will extend the overall dental implant treatment timeline, but this is a worthy investment of your time. Dental implants that are placed without enough supporting bone tissue are at high risk for premature failure. When bone grafting is indicated, patients who receive this treatment greatly improve their chances of long-term dental implant retention.
If you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to schedule an evaluation. We will determine whether you are an immediate candidate for dental implant placement or whether bone grafting is needed first to help you make the right treatment decision for you.