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If you are contemplating the notion of having dental implants replace your missing teeth, you’ll be pleased to know it is a highly successful tooth replacement solution that is becoming more popular these days. But before you start the process of undergoing implant placement, there is a good chance your dentist will recommend bone grafting in Doylestown. Dr. Olga Kandov and our team offer this unique service to ensure patients have a stronger foundation for their future dental implants. To learn more about the process and whether you’re a candidate, contact us today.
When inquiring about dental implants in Doylestown, you may learn that you need a particular tooth extracted to be able to move forward with your restorative treatment. This is often necessary when the tooth’s socket serves as an ideal location for the implant and its final restoration. Dr. Kandov may suggest this if the tooth is already in poor condition, or if it makes more sense to replace an entire section of teeth using a particular type of restoration.
If the tooth has erupted and is visible above the gum line, you will likely undergo what is known as a simple extraction. This requires Dr. Kandov to use specialized instruments to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches from the ligament and tissue. If your tooth is impacted or sitting beneath the gum line, she will need to make a small incision in the gums and remove it in pieces during a surgical extraction.
Unless you are having your wisdom teeth extracted, it is necessary to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the quicker your alveolar bone will deteriorate. This is the area of bone that is designed to support your teeth. Each time you chew, it helps to stimulate and strengthen this area of your mouth; however, when teeth are missing, the bone will begin to weaken over time.
This is why you can expect Dr. Kandov to recommend a bone graft. Each day that passes after losing a tooth, your jawbone weakens. To help build it back up and create a stronger foundation for your dental implants, she will take grafting material either from another area of your mouth or from a bone bank and place the minerals into the weakened areas of your bone. After closing the gum tissue, you will be required to spend several months at home recovering and allowing the new and existing bone to fuse.
Once you are fully healed, you and Dr. Kandov can begin to discuss your dental implant placement. Because your implants must fuse with the bone during osseointegration, this area of your mouth must be strong and stable. Otherwise, your implants will unsuccessfully fuse and eventually fail.
By undergoing a bone graft after a tooth extraction and before your implant placement, you can set yourself up for greater success and start moving toward a healthier, fully restored smile.