If you are planning to get a dental implant, your dentist may advise you to get a jawbone implant first. Whereas the implant will increase the cost of the procedure, it may be necessary to ensure your dental implant success. Below is an overview of the implant treatment.
Why It's Needed
You need a bone graft if your jawbone is of low density or is not as thick as is needed. This is because you need sufficient bone to anchor the implant, which is inserted into the jawbone. Your implant won't be strong enough if it is inserted in the inadequate jawbone.
There are several reasons you might have insufficient jawbone. For example, there are diseases that can weaken your jawbone, you might have been bone with weak bones, or your jawbone might have deteriorated because you stayed for a long time with a missing tooth. You might also need an implant if a dental trauma has affected your jawbone's density.
The grafting process starts when the dentist inserts the source material into the jawbone. The dentist then waits for some time for the site to heal and for the source material to integrate with your native jawbone. The normal implant process commences once the graft has healed. In a few cases of minor grafting, both the grafting and the implant insertion can be carried out at the same time.
The source material for the graft can either be an artificial material or a natural bone. If it is an artificial material, then it will be a synthetic biomaterial such as alloplastics, ceramics, or polymers. If the source material is an organic material, then it's likely to be harvested bone from an animal, a cadaver, or a part of your body. Your overall health, cost factors, and the existing bone density are some of the things that determine the source material for your case.
Success Rates and Factors
Dental implants that involve bone grafts have good success rates. The success of the implant treatment also depends on the success of the graft treatment. For the grating to be successful, the graft site must receive adequate blood supply during the healing period. The graft site should also be stabilized during the treatment duration. Your dentist will advise you on the best practices you should observe to increase your chances of success.
Hopefully, your whole treatment will progress without any complications. Ensure you follow your dentist's advice to the letter during both faces of treatment.
For more information, contact a dental service in your area.