Being told that you’re not a good candidate for dental implants is discouraging! After all, it’s hard living with a missing tooth. You can’t enjoy the foods you love when it’s difficult to chew, and it takes toll on your confidence when you can’t smile freely. Dr. Stephen Fisher and Dr. James Cook have great news for you! A bone graft can be a great solution for patients who thought they weren’t candidates for dental implants. Your dentists in Clarkesville explain a dental bone graft.
What is a Dental Bone Graft?
Dental implants require two important factors to be successful:
- The patient is in good overall health
- The patient has enough healthy bone structure to support the dental implant
At Arkansas River Valley Dentistry, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Cook can determine if you have enough healthy bone structure to support an implant through an x-ray. If indeed you need more bone support they may recommend a dental bone graft for you.
This procedure takes healthy bone material from elsewhere and places it where you’re lacking bone. It’s allowed time to heal and integrate with your natural bone, and eventually it becomes part of your healthy bone, which is now large enough to support a dental implant.
What Type of Bone is Used For Dental Graft?
Dr. Cook and Dr. Fisher explore two different options for rebuilding your bone. Autogenous bone grafting uses bone from elsewhere in the patient’s body. For dental implants, this type of bone is most often taken from the chin or wisdom tooth areas.
The other option is an allograft. This method uses harvested bone from a bone bank, where healthy donor bones are freeze-dried for just this use. This option is very safe and widely used in the medical field. Donors are screened and the bone is prepared beforehand to reduce any possible risks.
You’ll be pleased to know that Dr. Fisher and Dr. Cook have extensive advanced training, and they will be able to guide you through the entire process from start to finish, whether or not you need a bone graft. Our highly skilled doctors can restore your bone, surgically place your dental implant, and customize your implant crown, all in the comfort of our office. The first place to start is with a consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you and what your treatment needs are.
If you’ve been told in the past that dental implants can’t be used to restore your smile, contact our office and take the time to meet with our doctors. You may be surprised to learn that dental implants in Clarkesville will indeed work for you with the help of a bone graft!