Is Bone Grafting Necessary for Dental Implants?

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 05:26
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Dental implants are a secure and long-lasting way to replace a missing tooth or gap in your smile. They function like your natural teeth and, with proper care, could last a lifetime.

However, bone grafting may be necessary before dental implant surgery. This procedure is designed to provide a sufficient foundation for the implant. My Dentist in Plano can perform an evaluation and determine your candidacy for both treatments during a consultation.

Call now and see how Dr. Darren K. Dickson helps achieve your smile goals. We assist patients near Plano, Richardson, Frisco, Dallas, McKinney, and Farmers Branch, TX.

How dental implants work

Dental implants are small but sturdy posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. The post fuses with the bone over time, creating a secure anchor for a restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture. My Dentist in Plano can substitute a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch based on your needs.

Implants offer many benefits over temporary tooth replacement options, such as:

  • Improved speech: Poor-fitting dentures can slip and cause you to mumble or slur your words, while implants help you speak clearly without worry.
  • Easier eating: Sliding dentures also make chewing difficult. Implants function like your own teeth, making eating your favorite foods easier and more enjoyable.
  • Increased self-esteem: Dental implants replace gaps in your smile, so you can feel happier and more confident about your appearance.

What is bone grafting?

Patients should understand that a healthy jawbone is necessary to support dental implants. If your jawbone has become compromised due to periodontal disease or another reason, a bone graft can be used to provide a better foundation for the implants. While this may lengthen your overall treatment time, we believe it is worth it for the long-term benefits dental implants provide.

Do I need a bone graft?

Not all dental patients in Plano, Richardson, Frisco, Dallas, McKinney, and Farmers Branch require a bone graft procedure. Dr. Dickson can determine your candidacy during an implant assessment. We begin by performing a thorough examination of your mouth and jawbone using x-rays and other advanced imaging technology. If we determine that a bone graft is necessary, we can discuss the procedure in detail.

What is the recovery like after a bone graft?

A bone graft must heal before dental implants can be placed. Recovery from surgery varies depending on your case and the cutting-edge techniques we use. Generally, however, you can expect some swelling and discomfort. My Dentist in Plano can provide post-treatment instructions and a prescription for pain medication if necessary. Remember to follow Dr. Dickson’s guidelines closely to ensure proper healing.

We want to reiterate that not every dental implant patient requires bone grafting. Most patients have sufficient bone mass for implants. But if you do need a bone graft, know that My Dentist in Plano is here to help.

Advanced tooth replacement with implants

We understand that the decision to get dental implants is a big one. A bone graft may be necessary, but patients feel the results are worth it. My Dentist in Plano is here to answer questions and help you make the best decision for your smile. Learn about our tooth replacement options by calling to meet with Dr. Darren K. Dickson. Plano, Richardson, Frisco, Dallas, McKinney, and Farmers Branch, TX patients appreciate our personalized treatment plans.

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