As soon as a tooth is lost, the process of bone loss begins. This progressive deterioration of bone volume can negatively impact your health, leading to changes in your appearance and hindering your ability to wear dentures or have dental implants placed. Loss of bone density is a key issue commonly addressed by Dr. Thomas A. Bissell in dental implant consultations, and can often be corrected with bone grafting.
Do I Need Dental Implants to Avoid Bone Grafts?
Dental implants are the only dental replacement method known to preserve bone, so if you have been asking yourself, “Do I need dental implants to improve my bone health?” then the answer might be yes. Dr. Bissell can help you to determine if implants are the right tooth replacement method for you. Sufficient bone density, however, is required for successful implantation. Therefore, if you have already experienced a great deal of bone loss, a bone graft will likely be necessary to restore bone volume.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft transplants donor tissue to your jaw bone to increase bone density. There are three types of bone grafts, distinguished by the source from which the donor tissue is derived. With an autogenous graft, the bone is taken from another site within your body, usually from the chin. This method is commonly performed as there is less risk of rejection when using materials from your own body. Allografts harvest tissue from cadavers, while xenograft material is taken from non-human sources, usually bovine.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
A dental implant consultation is necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for implants and whether or not you will require bone grafting prior to the placement of your implants. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bissell. We can help you to restore and maintain the health of your teeth and bone.