Dental implants are known to be the best means to replace missing natural teeth. They are placed directly in the jawbone, thus offering excellent strength, stability, and longevity. However, getting dental implants would require you to satisfy a few conditions, among which optimum jawbone volume and size are significant factors.
Why would the jawbone deteriorate?
In most cases, the underlying jawbone deteriorates when the tooth is extracted. A small amount of bone would be extracted along with the tooth root, which would give rise to gradual bone deterioration. Further, the teeth could drift from their ideal positions and move towards the gap left by the missing tooth, thus leading to the shrinkage of the bone.
When the dentist takes x-rays and scans of the mouth, the jawbone volume could be a bit of a concern in this case. Placing the implant could be tricky if the jawbone volume is insufficient, and even if it is placed, it could gradually become unstable. Hence, we would recommend a bone graft to increase the jawbone volume and size.
How is bone grafting conducted?
The jawbone volume will be improved by extracting bone tissues from a different source and grafting them to the deteriorated region. The tissues can be extracted by four means, which are:
- From the patient’s body
- From human cadavers
- Synthesized artificially
- From other mammals, preferably cattle.
After the graft is performed, it would take a few weeks for the new tissues to fuse with the existing bone. The dentist would then take an x-ray and check the bone size and volume, after which the dental implantation procedure would be conducted.
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