Dental Implants and Bone Grafting Serving Fairhope
What Is Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?
For a dental implant to have a strong foundation, and to be a successful option for tooth replacement, there needs to be sufficient bone mass for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. A bone graft is an oral surgery process that places bone graft material from other parts of your body, along with other grafting material, into an area to rebuild the depleted bone mass. Once the oral surgery is completed, your body naturally starts to bond the added material to the existing jawbone, and regenerates the needed bone density for dental implants.
The Bone Grafting Process
Depending on the location of the bone graft and the severity of bone loss, the complete in-office procedure for bone grafting takes roughly 90 minutes or less. Having oral surgery done starts with a consultation with our dental implant specialists. They will evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine whether you may benefit from a bone graft. After applying a local anesthetic, your dentist will create a small incision at the section with bone loss, and will peel back the gums. A mix of bone “donated” from another part of your body, along with certain bone grafting materials, is added to the space with inadequate bone density. Once the gums have been stitched, your body will begin the healing process, and will start to produce new bone material. Our office serving Fairhope with bone grafting and dental implant procedures is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure success.
While there is little to no pain during the bone grafting process, you may experience some discomfort a few days after the oral surgery. Over-the-counter pain medication is typically enough to help with the discomfort. If the pain persists, your dentist may prescribe a medication.
Who Qualifies for Bone Grafting in the Fairhope Region?
Our dental implant specialists serving Fairhope will schedule a consultation to determine if bone grafting will be required for you to have sufficient bone density and volume for dental implants. Bone grafting for implants is usually necessary in the following situations:
- Missing teeth for an extended period: When you lose a tooth, the jawbone is no longer stimulated and bone loss starts to occur.
- Trauma or infection of the bone: A bone graft is often needed when there is an imperfection in the bone caused by trauma or infection.
- Losing your front teeth: The jawbone is thinner at the front of your mouth, and is more susceptible to bone loss.
- Sinuses that are large or block the area where the roots of a tooth once were: A sinus lift is needed when your sinus cavity is subsided enough to interfere with a dental implant. This occurs if the sinus cavity is large, or when enough teeth have been lost on the upper jaw to cause bone deterioration.
3 Advantages to Using Dr. Northcutt
Dr. Northcutt has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years in a small town and has maintained an excellent reputation.
He provides IV sedation to keep you comfortable during all procedures
He is the surgeon and restorative dentist. He is going to make sure implants are done correctly and restored to your results are the best they can be.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about dental implants serving Foley, Orange Beach, Mobile, Fairhope, Pensacola, Satsuma, Theodore, Bellview and Robertsdale . Hopefully, we have answered some of your questions and helped you as you approach your new road toward dental health.
We know things can be overwhelming and you may not know where to begin and that’s ok! We are here to help you.
I want to personally invite you to come by and meet with me. Let’s discuss what options you have and get all your questions answered. I look forward to seeing you smile again and changing the way you smile.
– Dr. Jason Northcutt
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Call our office serving Fairhope to schedule a consultation, and learn more about bone grafting for your dental implant procedure.