Upper Thornhill Dental Care offers a number of options for restoring your smile including dental implants. Implants feel, look and function like real teeth, offering a permanent solution to missing teeth. A successful dental implant needs a good, strong jaw to hold and support it through a lifetime of chewing and mouth movement. Inadequate jawbone that is too thin or soft can result in a failed surgery.
However, this is not the end of the road. Bone grafting is an excellent solution that can create a more sturdy and solid base for a dental implant. While bone grafting may seem daunting, it is actually a very common and painless routine procedure.
How is bone grafting done?
Bone grafting is done by getting a small piece of bone from another part of the body, like the hip and placing it to the area where the implant will be placed. Artificial bone is also commercially available and can also be used for grafting. Once the transplant is complete, there will be a waiting period of a few months. This allows the graft to grow new and stronger bones that can provide a more secure and stable base for the implant. In the meantime, a temporary denture can be placed to fill the gap of the missing teeth.
In many cases, the patient will only need minor bone grafting. Depending on the overall condition of the jawbone, this can be done at the same time as the dental implant procedure.
What to Expect After Bone Grafting?
Once the surgery is complete, it is common to feel discomfort and some post-operative pain similar to having your teeth pulled. Your Upper Thornhill dental team will ensure that your pain is managed and that you are comfortable and relaxed during and after the procedure. For more information contact us through 905-832-5545 and we will be happy to assist you!