The decision to get dental implants to replace your missing teeth is a big one. Once you have made your decision to get dental implants and you have saved up the cost of the procedure, you may think that you are ready to get this done. Yet in some cases, more dental work must be completed before the dental implants can be put into place. A bone graft is actually a common procedure done before dental implants. Here are three reasons you might need a bone graft before getting dental implants.
Periodontal disease is often referred to as gum disease, but it can affect much more than just your gums. When periodontal disease is not detected or treated in its earlier stages, it can affect the bone of the jaw below the gum line. This infection in the bone weakens it so that dental implants cannot adhere. If you have periodontal disease, you will need to have that problem treated and possibly have a bone graft before you can get dental implants.
Cracks or Deterioration of the Jaw
If you have had injuries to your jaw, you may need to have a bone graft before you can get dental implants. Any weakening of the jaw under the gums can cause dental implants to be unstable. You may also have damage to this part of the bone if you have had difficult extractions that sometimes take a piece of the bone with the tooth.
It is extremely important that you have healthy bone for the dental implants to adhere to. If you do not have healthy, strong bone, the dental implants will not remain in place. As they shift, they can cause extreme pain and future dental work. It is best to see a dentist who will examine the strength and health of the bone so that you are certain your dental implants will last a lifetime.
If you have been told you couldn’t get implants due to weakened bone, we can help. Contact us today for more information about bone grafting or to schedule your appointment.