When you lose a tooth, or have one extracted, you also lose the root. The loss of the root means lack of stimulation to that area of your jawbone. Your root causes stimulation to your jaw when it receives pressure during chewing. As a result of this stimulation, blood and nutrients flow to your jawbone and your tooth, keeping them both healthy. Without the root of your tooth, your jawbone receives fewer nutrients. Dental implants are the only option that allows the establishment of a prosthetic root by surgically placing a small, biocompatible titanium post into your jawbone. But first, your jawbone has to be healthy and strong enough to support an implant.
How Healthy is Your Jawbone?
If you are considering an implant, you must have adequate bone to support it. If you have been missing a tooth for a while, you’re a smoker, or you have gum disease, your bone may not be healthy enough to sustain an implant. All of the above situations can cause your bone to become weak, soft, or to atrophy (become too small or thin), meaning in order to get an implant, you may require a bone graft first.
What is a Bone Graft?
If your jawbone is not dense enough or strong enough to support an implant, you may be able to have that area of your bone built up. This is a common procedure called bone grafting or augmentation. After a bone graft procedure, however, you will need anywhere from four to eight months for the area to heal before having the implants placed. If necessary, you can wear a denture or bridge during this period while your jawbone heals.
Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!
At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.