Dental implants need a solid foundation to undergo osseointegration, a vital process to stabilize the implant in your jawbone. But not everyone may have the foundation completely ready by the time they decide to get implants. However, don’t feel disheartened: even if you have depleted jawbone or damaged gums, we offer services to help improve the conditions of these areas. Read along for more information on these supplemental treatments from Dr. Taler in Fishers, IN.
Osseointegration is a unique fusion process that makes dental implants stand apart from other dental devices for tooth replacement. Osseointegration occurs when titanium (a biocompatible alloy) comes into contact with human bone, triggering the bone to regenerate and wrap fibers around the titanium device. The body does not recognize titanium as a foreign object, so it accepts it instead of rejecting it.
However, for osseointegration to be successful there needs to be a foundation of jawbone to begin with. Unfortunately for a lot of patients, their tooth loss has led to bone loss, and they’re in need of a better foundation. That’s where a bone graft comes in, providing more volume for your jawbone in preparation for dental implants.
A bone graft is the application of new bone material to the site of depletion. With this new tissue the jawbone is triggered to regenerate, and regains some volume. In some cases, depending on the size of the bone graft, a patient may be able to have their implant fixture placed at the same time as a bone graft, so that both treatments can heal together.
Bone grafts come in all types, from laboratory-grown bone to donated bone. If need be, a bone sample can even be drawn from the patient’s own body. During your consultation with Dr. Taler, he will perform an evaluation of your current oral health using scans and x-rays, and help determine what type of bone graft you need (if necessary).
Similar to a graft for bones, your gums are also important to the success of your dental implant. They frame your smile, hide the metallic parts of the implant (under the crown), and keep your teeth secure and protected. If your gums have receded or have been damaged from disease, we can provide a gum augmentation to repair and restore these areas. Gum augmentation is similar to a bone graft, wherein new soft tissues are applied surgically and left to heal in preparation for dental implants.
Just because you may not qualify for dental implants right away doesn’t mean that you can never get them. Instead, consider if you’re eligible for a supplemental treatment such as a bone graft or soft tissue augmentation before proceeding. Learn more by speaking with Dr. Taler during a no-obligation consultation. Call us today at (317) 849-1223 to set up your appointment with Dr. Taler.