There’s no question that dental implants are a modern wonder. They’ve made it possible to replace one or more missing teeth in a way that’s reliable, comfortable, and incredibly durable. When performed by highly skilled dentists like the ones you’ll find at Crowns Now, dental implants can have a success rate of up to 98 percent!
But part of ensuring that your dental implants are successful is careful planning and preparation. And for some people, that includes a bone graft procedure to improve the performance and longevity of your prosthetic.
Dental implants are anchored by your jawbone, so the bone must be dense enough and strong enough to provide a sturdy foundation. Bone grafting makes it possible for patients with insufficient natural jawbone density to still enjoy the freedom and confidence afforded by dental implants!
At Crowns Now, we’re able to perform bone grafting in the same office where you’ll get the highest quality dental implants for the best value in Neenah, WI. And you’ll feel great in the care of our dentists, who are passionate about the replacement of teeth!
Read on to learn more about dental implants and bone grafting. Then, give us a call at 920-221-7948 to find out if dental implants are right for you.
Dental Implants 101
Before we dive into the ins and outs of bone grafting, it might be helpful to go over the basics of dental implants. These small cylindrical metal pieces are embedded in the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. In time, the bone heals around the implant, holding it in place like it would a natural tooth root. Then, your dental implant is “restored,” or topped, with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown (if you’re replacing a single tooth) or dental bridge (if you’re looking to replace multiple teeth).
Because your prosthetic is fused to your jawbone, you’ll never have to worry about it slipping, making noise, or fitting uncomfortably like you might with fixed bridgework or dentures. But, you have to have the bone density to support the implant. Without a solid base, the dental implant would most likely fail.
So, this is where bone grafting comes in handy. This procedure allows you to bolster your bone density to create a more solid foundation for your dental implant.
With bone grafting, a specially trained dentist will fortify your existing bone with a piece of special bone grafting material placed in the area where you’ll eventually be receiving your dental implant.
Then, we’ll give the transplanted bone material time to heal. During this time, the bone will grow stronger every day until the necessary strength and density are reached.
At Crowns Now, we use state-of-the-art technology to initially assess your jawbone and monitor its progress as it heals after a bone graft. That technology includes our 3D cone beam scanner, which allows us to study the shape and state of your jaw, as well as our Galileos digital imaging machine, which provides highly detailed images of the inside of your mouth.
Once we’ve reached the idea density, it’ll be time to place the dental implant!
Placing The Dental Implant
When it comes to placing your dental implants, we use the same high-tech approach that we do for planning dental implant treatment. Our highly skilled dentists use computer-guided dental implant placement to ensure that the process is gentle and the results are extremely precise.
And thanks to our digital approach, we’re also able to create your dental restoration while you’re having your dental implant placed. At other offices, having a dental restoration like a crown or bridge fabricated takes weeks because it has to be made in an off-site lab.
But at Crowns Now, we’ve been able to streamline the process and fabricate restorations in-house with our CEREC milling device. We take a series of images of your mouth to guide the production of your restoration, and we send a “blueprint” to the CEREC device. Then, the machine carves your restoration out of a block of ceramic in a matter of minutes! Only about 14 percent of all dentists make use of this convenient technology.
This reduces the time it takes to replace your tooth with dental implants, so you can get out in the world sooner with your new and improved smile.
A Complete Smile Is Within Reach
If you’ve been told your jawbone can’t support dental implants, come and talk with one of the experts at Crowns Now! We can assess the health of your jawbone and state of your mouth to determine whether or not a bone graft can help you replace your teeth with dental implants
Give us a call at 920-221-7948 to schedule a consultation, or use our online form to request an appointment!