Graft & Implant Placement
If you have lost a permanent tooth, it may come as no surprise that your dentist has recommended dental implants as the best option for tooth replacement. However, for patients that lack enough bone density to securely anchor an implant, there may need to be an additional step before the implant can be placed. Fortunately, at Langer & Langer, we specialize in a wide variety of dental implants and bone graft procedures. Our Doctors have even authored several articles and chapters in books that help other dentists learn how to complete these procedures, so call today to schedule an appointment and know that you are receiving the best care available.
When you lose a permanent tooth, you have a few different options for the replacement. Some people opt to just function without that tooth, others look for a bridge or if they need all of their teeth to be replaced, dentures. Unfortunately, the only option that really helps to hold your new “teeth” in place and ensure that the bone in your mouth stays intact and even gets stronger are dental implants.
Implants are small two-part dental devices. One part is made of titanium and looks like a small screw. This is called the post. The post is inserted into the bone that is immediately under the gums. Part of this post sticks through the gums and is attached to the crown. The crown is the portion of the implant that looks and functions just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are so popular with dentists and patients because they offer superior stability, but to achieve that stability, they have to be properly installed. If you do not have the bone density to support the initial placement of the implant, then see how the staff at Langer & Langer can help you.
Bone Grafts and Implant Placement
When there is not enough bone to properly place an implant, bone grafts are a common approach to increase the area available for implant attachment. However, bone grafting can vary depending on the location of the implant placement and the current bone structure. In addition, the upper jaw has the sinus cavity and respiratory system that lies directly above it. This can add more complexity to a procedure, but at Langer & Langer, we have a variety of different options to treat these issues.
In the upper jaw, implants have to be strategically placed to avoid the sinus cavity. Bone grafting can allow for increasing the amount of available bone. In patients where there is not enough available bone, we suggest that a bone graft is completed first, and the donor's bone is allowed to heal and be incorporated into the jaw before we place an implant. However, when there is more bone available, we can often complete a process called “Simultaneous Bone Graft and Implant Placement.” Fortunately, this procedure is exactly what it sounds like.
For this procedure, there is almost enough bone material that is already in place that our staff would be able to place the titanium screw through the jaw and would not risk entering the sinus cavity, but the addition of some bone graft would help to completely secure the implant in place.
There are a variety of reasons that we would recommend that patients could not have this procedure completed, such as pregnancy, or certain types of medication use, so it is important to work with our staff to complete a full picture of your family and medical history to make sure this procedure is right for you.
If you are considering dental implants to replace your permanent teeth, contact Langer & Langer today. Our expert staff can give you the care and results that you deserve.