Do I have enough bone for Dental Implants
Dental Implants need to be within the jaw bone
Dental Implants are like anchors for single dental implants, full fixed bridges - like the All on Four, or for Snap on Dentures. The implant is situated in the bone and a collar or abutment goes through the gums and then attaches to the prosthesis in the mouth. For long term success of dental implants there should be a minimum of 1mm of bone completely around the dental implant. Dental implants needed in molar regions, need to have wider dental implants and thus wider bone volumes.
How do we know if patients have enough bone?
At your initial consultation we will take a 3-D CT Scan and plan your case chairside. You will get to see the amount of bone you have and how Dr. Damon or Dr. Blankenship will approach your case. Since trusting your Doctor is of paramount importance, I feel that by showing patients their anatomy, what we will have to deal with in surgery the patient is better able to understand their care. A vast majority of the time patients have plenty of bone and it is not an issue, especially if they are considering an All on Four since we are placing implants deep into the jaw bone away from "Tooth Bone" - by moving further below "Tooth Bone" the jaw bone widens and implant placement becomes easier.
What materials do you use to grow bone?
We utilize a combination of autogenous - meaning from the patient, allograft - meaning from a donor, and xenograft - meaning bovine. There are many different indications for each type of grafting material needed and often a combination of graft material is utilized. For sinus lifts, Dr. Damon will use xeongraft with allograft, for immediate implant placement Dr. Damon will use DBM allograft putty from Creos a Nobel Biocare product. For lateral ridge augmentation with simultaneous implant placement, Dr. Damon will place DBM allograft adjacent to the implant and overlay a combination Autograft and Xenograft covered with a resorbable collagen membrane.
Wondering if your dental implant will be easy or more complicated?
Come in for a consultation with Dr. Damon or Dr. Blankenship and we can take a 3-d CT Scan and discuss your goals and recommended treatment. Give us a call today at 817 336 2121.