implant and boneDental implants are the current pinnacle of tooth replacement. Not only do they provide restorations that look natural, but they also give patients a restoration that feels natural. In addition, dental implants can prevent complications like further tooth loss and a reduction in jawbone density. With so many potential benefits, dental implants are quickly earning a stellar reputation. However, certain criteria must be met before a dental implant can be placed. Your Allen dentist, Dr. Marco Cueva, takes a closer look at these criteria below.

The Jawbone and Dental Implants

What makes a dental implant so effective is the fact that the post of the implant takes up residence in the jaw, where it fuses with the jawbone. From this position, the post acts as the root for a dental crown, lending the restoration a natural feel. The presence of the post in the jawbone also encourages the body to restore the flow of nutrients, which ceased when the tooth was lost, to the area of the restoration. With nutrients flowing once more, the nearby teeth and jawbone will receive adequate nutrition and further tooth loss as well as the reduction of jawbone density is less likely. However, the jawbone plays one more role in implant dentistry that may be overlooked. Because the jawbone is the anchor of the implant, a patient’s jawbone must meet certain criteria. Among these criteria are adequate bone availability and adequate bone quality to allow the placement of the dental implant. If a patient does not meet these criteria, however, he or she may be eligible for bone grafting from your Allen dentist, Dr. Cueva. In many cases, bone grafting can improve the situation of a patient’s jawbone to allow the placement of a dental implant.

Bone Grafting from Your Allen Dentist

Is your jawbone keeping you from getting the dental implant restoration you want? Schedule an appointment or a consultation to discuss bone grafting with your Allen dentist, Dr. Cueva, today. Our 75013 dental office welcomes patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.