February 23, 2016

If you have experienced tooth loss, then you also have likely been told about the benefit of choosing dental implants as your preferred tooth replacement method. Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in the popularity of this treatment option. However, receiving a dental implant in Oak Brook, IL is not as simple as placing a screw in your jaw and slapping a crown on top. The extent of your procedure will depend greatly on the amount of jaw bone that you have left to support your implant.

Explaining Osseointegration

After you have lost a tooth, the jaw bone directly beneath it slowly begins to deteriorate due to it having nothing to support. Too much bone deterioration can inhibit your ability to receive dental implants. The titanium screw that serves as the base of the implant needs a sufficient amount of underlying jaw bone into which it can be placed. Once it is in place, a process known as osseointegration must occur before a permanent abutment and crown can be placed into the screw. This process involves the bone literally fusing to the screw itself. An implant is not considered ready to carry a permanent load until that fusion gets to the point of not allowing any relative movement between the screw and the bone.

Detailing the Bone Grafting Procedure

Without adequate bone density, osseointegration cannot occur. This is where bone grafting comes in. Using either your own bone or a donor graft, Dr. Singh will augment your jaw using the following procedure:

  • Access is gained to the roots of your teeth through your gums
  • The root and bone area is thoroughly cleaned
  • The graft is then inserted into the affected area
  • A barrier of either skin or synthetic material is placed to cover the graft to allow for healing

Over the next several months, new bone and tissue will eventually form in the treatment area. Once enough regeneration has occurred, you are ready to receive your dental implant.

As you can see, a lack of jaw bone mass does not immediately disqualify you from receiving a dental implant in Oak Brook, IL. Dr. Singh can still turn this dream into a reality for you through a simple bone grafting procedure. To determine where you are in terms of being ready for dental implants, simply call Periodontal Implant Associates at 630.974.5049 to schedule a consultation appointment.



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