If you have been wearing partial dentures for a long period of time, chances are, you have experienced bone loss in your jaw. Partial dentures exert pressure on the gum and bone, causing bone loss. This can make partial dentures uncomfortable to wear and can adversely affect their fit. If you want to break the cycle of ill-fitting dentures and bone loss, maybe it is time to consider replacing your partial denture with dental implants.
Dental implants offer a fixed, long-lasting solution to tooth loss that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and are better for your long-term oral health because they do not cause bone loss. But what if you have already experienced bone loss and do not have enough healthy bone in your jaw to support dental implants? In this case, you may still be a candidate for dental implants, however, bone grafting may be required to help you achieve enough bone to support the placement of dental implants. There are a variety of different types of bone grafting procedures that can be used to prepare a patient for dental implants. The type of surgery required will depend on your particular situation.
If bone grafting is required to prepare you to receive dental implants, these two procedures will need to be completed in two different steps. Once the bone grafting has been completed and the patient has had the opportunity to heal completely, dental implants can then be placed in the jaw. The last step in the process is to attach replacement teeth to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth.
Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants is pleased to offer expert bone grafting procedures as well as dental implant placement to the residents of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. If you have questions about dental implants or bone loss, please call Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants today.