Bone Grafting For Dental Implants
Your smile’s just not right when you’re dealing with one or more missing teeth. Fortunately, today we can replace those teeth with an implant that looks, feels and functions just as well as the original tooth. These are dental implants, and they require that you have a significant amount of jawbone structure to begin with — something many adults with missing teeth may not have. But if you’ve heard you’re not a good candidate for dental implants due to your bone loss, you’ll be pleased to know you have options with bone grafting.
Dental Implants Need Existing Bone Structure
If you don’t have enough jawbone present to anchor your dental implants, don’t lose hope that you’ll ever find a secure tooth replacement. We can now help you grow the bone you need to achieve success — and that’s the process we call bone grafting. At Arkansas River Valley Dentistry, we use two trusted methods of bone grafting to help our patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Keep reading to learn more about each.
Autogenous Bone Graft
A very common type of bone grafting, autogenous bone grafting involves taking bone from elsewhere in the patient’s body and placing it where bone has been lost in the jaw. For dental implants, bone is most often taken from the chin or wisdom tooth areas.
In cases where we cannot extract bone directly from the patient, the experts at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry will choose an allograft instead. This popular method harvests bone for bone grafting from a bone bank, where healthy donor bones are freeze-dried for just this use. This option is perfectly safe and widely used in the medical field. Donors are screened and the bone is prepared to reduce any possible risks.
Arkansas River Valley Dentistry is experienced in bone grafting
This highly important area of dentistry takes years of continuing education, training and a true commitment to excellence from the dentist — and you can feel confident knowing Dr. Cook has the experience necessary to meet your needs with truly compassionate care. You can normally only find these complex procedures in big city centers or by an oral surgery specialist — but at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry, we’re committed to giving you the care you really need… all under one roof.
Talk to us to find out more today
Are you interested in learning how bone grafting can make you a perfect candidate for dental implants? Call Arkansas River Valley Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our experienced, compassionate team today! We’re so proud to offer exceptional care to our patients in and around Clarksville, AR.