Bone Graft To Improve Implants Success

Posted by Ms.Linda on March 11th, 2016

It’s a common misconception that if you have insufficient bone in your jawbone then you cannot have dental implants. Modern dentistry procedures, like bone grafting make it possible for people with low bone density to enjoy dental implants for years. Let’s take a look at how bone grafts improve the chances of implant success in this article, brought to you by Ridgetop Dental-the premier centre for dental implants in Northern VA.

What leads to bone loss?

Bone loss mostly results from the loss of teeth and chronic periodontitis. In the case of periodontitis, the bacteria cause deterioration of jawbone. However, the most common cause of bone loss is when a missing tooth is not replaced. Our jawbone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density, when we lose tooth/teeth the jawbone starts deteriorating due to the lack of stimulation. Some other causes of bone loss includes-

  •  Misaligned teeth
  •  Infection that damages the bone.

Bone loss and dentures

Dentures are surely one of the most popular methods of missing teeth replacement, but they are unable to provide the required stimulation to the jawbone.  In fact they can accelerate bone loss by wearing away at the ridges of bone they are placed on. The loss of the ridge bone brings your chin closer to the nose, making you look old.

Bone loss can be prevented with the help of Ridgetop Dental’s dental implants in Vienna VA that can exert the same or similar pressure as natural teeth, but before placement of dental implants, adequate jawbone density is required. So, how to achieve adequate bone density before dental implant placement? Bone Grafting is the answer.

Bone Grafting

In cases where bone has already been lost, bone grafting is done to generate enough bone for dental implant placement. Bone grafting is also used to repair damaged and lost bone around teeth that have suffered from severe gum disease.

Ridgetop Dental’s expert dentists in Northern VA use a variety of different types of bone graft material, depending on the patient, including new cutting-edge materials that require less healing time.

Bone grafting procedure

  • For bone grafting, bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or patient’s own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee).
  • The site for bone graft is carefully cleaned and debrided.
  • Bone graft is inserted into the site and retained in place using a small collagen plug which is sutured over the socket.
  • After a few months, the site is re-evaluated. If sufficient bone is present, implant placement procedure is done.

 Dental Bone Grafting is a delicate procedure that should be done by skilled dentists, with years of experience in the area. Talk to Ridgetop Dental’s expert dentists in Northern VA for the best dental implants and bone grafting procedures. They will ensure safe and reliable bone grafting procedure that will allow you to enjoy your dental implants for many years to come.

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