If you’ve recently lost a tooth but feel you can still eat and smile normally, you might not be in any rush to replace your tooth. By speaking with a periodontist, you can understand just why you should act fast on restoring your tooth. To get you started, we’ve compiled some information on bone grafts and the All-On-4 dental implants procedure.
Reasons for Replacing Missing Teeth
By waiting to replace a missing tooth, you run the risk of having your teeth move to the open space in your gums, which can happen in just a few months. Your jawbone can start to whittle away due to the gap, which weakens the overall strength of your gums and jaw, which compromises their ability to support replacement teeth. Yet another reason to replace missing teeth ASAP is to maintain your confidence in your smile and your interactions with other people.
To replace your missing teeth, you’ll likely need a bone graft. During the graft, Dr. Kharmouche will take a bone sample from another part of your body and graft it into your jawbone to help support your dental implant. Afterward, you’ll either have to wait several months for the bone to strengthen, or you can have your implant installed at the same time as your bone graft if the procedure is minor enough.
Because bone grafting adds to the overall cost of dental implants, it makes sense that you’ll want a way to keep your costs low while restoring your teeth and oral health. The way the All-On-4 dental implants procedure works is your implants are positioned in a way that you don’t need grafting. Even better is the fact that the All-On-4 treatment can reduce the amount of time it takes to receive your implants.
Interested in more information about missing tooth replacement, bone grafts or the All-On-4 treatment option? Feel free to contact us up to speak to a representative.