If you have been told you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants, you haven’t seen a dentist from Libertyville Dental Associates. With a bone graft and dental implants, you can have a beautiful new natural looking smile.

While dentures are better than nothing, they don’t do anything for bone growth. If you have missing teeth you’ll know how much the bone has shrunk along with what it has done to your facial structure.

No More Foundation

If you have missing teeth the bone starts to shrink almost immediately. That means there is no support for the dental implant or implants. This provides a very unstable foundation for the implant post.  

Dental Implants and More

It’s important to note that bone grafts aren’t just for dental implants. Libertyville Dental Associates may recommend bone grafting for a dental bridge as well.

Because the body grows bone, the dental team has the ability to restore the jawbone at the site of the implant.

Libertyville Dental Associates explains that the bone comes from just below the knee, your skull, your hip or your jaw. If a major graft is required, sometimes bone is harvested from a donor site.

Why You May Suffer from Jaw Bone Loss

Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis is the number one cause of bone shrinkage. Subsequently, bacteria from gum disease damages your jaw bone. This eventually leads to tooth loss.

Extractions and Bone Loss

If you have had a tooth or teeth extracted you’ll lose around 40 percent of the bone. Some people suffer up to 60 percent loss within the first three years of the extraction. Consequently the sooner you have a dental implant placed the better.  

Injury and infections are also another reason you may need a bone graft. If you have had a blow to the head your bone will begin to recede much like it does with a missing tooth.

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are posts or screws that are surgically placed in or on your jaw bone. Depending on your situation you will require up to 12 months of healing before your artificial teeth are placed on top of your implant posts.

Dental implants are the best way to restore teeth. If you need any type of bone grafting, the team from Libertyville Dental Associates has the experience and the skills to graft before you have your dental implants placed.

Bone Grafts and Dental Implants

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and bone grafts for bone deterioration, call or send a text and talk to Libertyville Dental Associates today.