Have you ever thought about getting a dental implant for a single tooth or multiple teeth in your mouth and have been told you may need a bone graft? Don’t worry – this is common in today’s dental field but like most Americans you probably have never heard this term before your appointment at your dentist’s office. It’s important to remember you are not alone in this new process of dental implants and the language that comes with it.
Common Language: Just as we mentioned before, most patients that come into our office for a dental implant consultation don’t often know much about dentistry and the terms often used by patients and doctors to communicate.
This can include slang terms, technical terms and surgical terms. You may have heard the term “grafting” before your consultation as it relates to burn victims whose skin needs to be re-grafted from an unburned part of the body. When we apply that to the dentistry field, we can basically think of it as the same concept. Taking something that is plentiful or healthy from a certain area and placing that where another area needs it the most; in this instance we’re talking about having enough bone to act as the anchor for your dental implants.
In order for dental implants to be successful they need a firm foundation or anchor to attach to, so that they may allow you to eat and drink just as you did before you lost your teeth.
Who Needs Bone Grafting? Patients needing bone grafting consist of individuals that typically have insufficient bone density in the jaw area or do not have proper bone health in the upper or lower jaw. This is the most typical reason a bone graft would be needed to properly place the implant screw.
Since you’ll be able to eat just about anything again including: popcorn, candy, chewy foods and much more, you’ll need your implants need to be virtually impossible to remove from the mouth. This can be done through having ample bone in the jaw to properly place the screws.
Dr. Henry Chang is able to keep the dental implant process virtually pain-free for most clients through the technology known as sedation dentistry, while you are sedated and in a ‘twilight state’, Dr. Chang is able to properly place the screw for your dental implant in it’s proper place, leaving you with time to heal after the surgery.
Patients who are required to get bone grafting opt for sedation while undergoing their bone grafting and dental implant procedure. It’s no surprise why they come to one of the most experienced offices in grafting and sedation dentistry in the Bay Area, the office of Dr. Henry Chang!