If you are missing one or more of your teeth, a dental implant can tremendously help you cosmetically. When a dentist removes a tooth, either a wisdom tooth or molar that is highly decayed – a small hole appears where the tooth once was . This hole, or socket, can be painful initially. For this reason, your dentist may recommend a socket preservation to compliment your tooth extraction.
Sometimes, the bone is too soft or thin to properly attach a dental implant. In this case, bone grafting is necessary. A surgeon will remove a small section of bone from another area of your body or use a special bone grafting material. These materials will be placed in your where the dental implant needs to be placed. Once the bone grafting has been complete, your jaw bone to build a sturdy foundation for the dental implant.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are one of the very best options cosmetically and functionally. Dental implants appear and function identical to your regular teeth. One of the things you need to be aware of is a bone graft for dental implants may be necessary to successfully stabilize the implant.
During a bone graft procedure, the surgeon will remove a section of bone from your body, or use a synthetic material for bone grafting and adhere it onto your jaw where the dental implants will go. After the grafting takes place, a waiting period, likely several months, will be needed to make sure the jaw bone is strong enough for the implant to be inserted and secured. If you only need a minor bone graft, we may be able to insert the dental implants on the same day. Contact us to make a dental appointment at our Coral Gables office!