Bone Grafting Procedure
Collapse or shrinkage of jaw bone volume is common occurrence following tooth extraction.
Adequate amount of bone volume is needed to support a dental implant for predictability and long term success of dental implants in function.
Patients are not good candidate for dental implants if they have a compromised or deficient jaw bone on the sites where the implant needs to be positioned.
For those patients, bone grafting procedure is required to re-built the missing jaw bone to accommodate dental implant.
The bone grafting procedure consist of layering bone graft material that are either harvested from patient’s own mouth or cadaver bone over the deficient site and allow a healing period of 4 to 6 months for bone maturation before the implant can be placed.
Dental Implant FAQ
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of highly biocompatible material called titanium that is placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants is the best option for single or multiple missing teeth as they are a permanent solution in your mouth preserving your facial structures and jaw bone, you can talk, eat and smile with confidence, and the procedure is very predictable. The dental implant can be particularly beneficial when you miss a single tooth as there is no need to ground down adjacent teeth to supported a fixed bridge.
How are dental implants different than conventional dentures?
Dentures are a removable appliance that replace partial or full set of missing teeth. They can be sometimes cumbersome to use, difficult to retain in your mouth when you talk or eat, difficult to get used to and affect your confidence to smile while dental implants looks and feel just like natural teeth.
Who can place a dental implant?
Doctors that have specialized training in implant dentistry. Dr. Hong completed additional 3 years of training in implant dentistry after dental school. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and he taught at University of Washington supervising many residents from simple to complex implant cases.
What is the cost of dental implant?
The cost of dental implants varies based on how many implants are needed, if bone augmentation is required, type of restoration you need and amount of insurance coverage. The final cost of your dental implant will be determined after a consultation with Dr. Hong when all of these factors have been addressed. Sometimes dental implant may be more cost effective in the long term.
Is the implant surgery painful?
No. Dental implants surgery are performed under local anesthetic to help minimize discomfort or pain. If you have dental anxiety, you should consult with Dr. Hong about sedation options.
How long does implant last?
Dental implant like teeth requires proper care to ensure long term success. When cared properly by means of diligent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, implant should last over 30 years or more.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants are the answer for many people with missing or damaged teeth, and they are a long-term solution that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
The entire implant treatment is performed over the course of several months and can be divided in 3 main steps.
In the first step, Dr. Hong will evaluate the jaw bone to ensure that adequate amount of bone volume is present to support a dental implant. Then, the dental implant will be installed in the jaw bone by making a small incision around the gum tissues to access the bone, placement of implant itself and suturing.
The second step is the healing phase. The healing period usually last 3 to 4 months. During this period, the bone around the implant grows and “fuse” with the implant surface. This process is called osseointegration
The third step is performed after osseointegration of dental implant. This is performed at your general dentist office where an impression of the implant is taken, the impression is sent to the lab for the fabrication of the final restoration. The dental implant act as a base or foundation to support a single crown, bridge or even a full denture prosthesis.
Source: American Academy of Periodontology – 2018
Source: Straumann Implants