Are you considering replacing missing teeth with dental implants? A visit to the office of Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc., in San Jose, California, can determine if you’re a good candidate for implant treatment. As implants are embedded into your jaw to provide a foundation for your replacement teeth, you need to have sufficient jawbone mass to support your implants. Otherwise, you’ll need a bone graft to shore up your jawbone before implant placement.
Your tooth roots stimulate jawbone growth to support your jaw and facial features. When teeth go missing, your jawbone begins to deteriorate. Bone loss will continue until you replace the missing teeth. Before getting implants, your San Jose dentist will take X-rays of your jaw to check your bone health and density. If you lack jawbone mass, we’ll recommend a bone graft to strengthen your jaw before your implant procedure.
Bone graft tissue for dental implants can come from various sources. Your options include:
Your San Jose dentist can explain the pros and cons of these options and help you decide what’s best for you. We’ll also explain the process so you can prepare accordingly. Our in-house Oral Surgeon, Dr. Or Simel, is extensively trained in bone grafts and surgical procedures for a successful outcome.
After bone grafting comes a waiting period of four to nine months, depending on your grafting procedure, to give your jaw a chance to heal. Once your graft has healed, we can proceed with your implant surgery. Dr. Simel at Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc. will insert the implants into your jaw where bone density is greatest and wait three to six months for them to fuse with your bone system. Then we’ll attach an abutment and restoration to complete your implant treatment.
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