Dental implants are very popular for the realistic look and feel they yield in replacement teeth. However, not everyone is a candidate to receive dental implants, which is why your Allen TX dentist, Dr. Marco Cueva, performs dental bone grafting. Implant candidacy depends upon the condition of the jawbone in the area where the dental implant, or implants, must be placed. If the bone in the area is not of sufficient quality or is not plentiful enough, the dental implant is less likely to succeed. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for victims of tooth loss to experience deterioration in bone quality in the area of the lost tooth. When the root of a tooth leaves the jawbone, the bone cells in the area of the lost tooth will no longer receive stimulation because the tooth’s root is no longer present to transfer stimulating bite force to the jawbone. Accordingly, bone quality can begin to suffer. Dental implants work to restore the transference of bite force with a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. However, if bone has already atrophied significantly, the dental implant may fail.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Dental bone grafting is a useful procedure that can make receiving a dental implant possible for patients whose jawbone health has deteriorated. The bone grafts provide the bone tissue necessary to support the dental implant. A bone grafting procedure may be performed at the same time as the placement of the implant or separately, with the condition of the patient being the determining factor. Bone grafts may be attained from several areas including inside the mouth, the chin area, and even from the hip. Allograft material may also be used.
Dental Implants in Allen TX
Dental implants may be very popular, but they are still a new procedure in many ways. Therefore, when choosing a dentist to perform the dental implant procedure, it is important to find an experienced specialist. Your Allen TX dentist, Dr. Cueva, has completed three additional years of training in periodontology and implantology beyond his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. He also lectures frequently to dental societies and organizations on the subject of periodontics and dental implants.
About Dr. Marco Cueva: Marco Cueva, DDS is a board-certified periodontist with extensive training in periodontology and implantology. New patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling 972-390-9944.