Dental Bone Grafting in Fort McMurray

Getting dental implants is becoming one of the most effective treatments for replacing a missing tooth. In most cases these solutions are seen as preferable to a partial denture because they can be much more permanent and stable for a patient. The process of getting dental implants requires consideration and proper evaluation. The place in the bone or the dental implant is going to be position requires considerable assessment.

Why is extensive assessment required?

A dental implant is permanent because it is put in place using a metal post that is implanted into the jawbone. This small metal anchor acts as the base where the replacement crown is actually placed on top. Careful assessment is needed to make sure that the bone that surrounds the implant screw can maintain its stability as well as its strength. The bone must be tested for the correct width, height and depth and this will determine if the anchor will be able to stay in place.

How much of the bone is required for a dental implant?

At least 1 mm of bone is required to anchor a dental implant. In other cases if the implant is going to be next to another implant it’s very important that 2 to 3 mm is available to completely surround the implant. In some cases a bone graft can be completed to improve the width of the jawbone.

Implants should never be able to reach to deeply as this can affect other anatomic structures such as the nerve in the bottom of the jaw or the sinus. When placing implants in the upper portion of the jaw it’s important that there’s enough room vertically as a sinus lift can occasionally be required for bone rebuild before the implant is placed.

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Types of Bone Grafting

Bone grafts are usually considered to be the addition of a bone like material or actual bone to improve the volume of bone area within the jaw. Adding some of this material before an implant can be placed can speed the process of healing as well as improve the strength of that dental implant. Some of the main types of bone grafts will fall into these categories:

Synthetic: Biocompatible synthetic material is added.

Xenograft: Bone from animals are used to graft with that patients jaw bones.

Allograft: Bone from other humans is used.

Autograft: Bone from the patient’s own body is used.

The type of suitable bone graft that is used for each patient will depend primarily on the situation and the total amount of bone that a person may require.

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