If you are considering dental implants to replace one or more teeth there is something you need to be aware of. Some people, and you could be one of them, will need a bone graft in order to have dental implants.
Dental implants and how they work
Dental implants can fill in for one or more teeth that are missing in place of partial dentures or bridges. The dental implant is done by placing a metal post in the jaw where the tooth was which is then topped with a metal top to place the crown over that will look and act like a tooth. Dental implants are able to help you chew and talk as well as fill in missing teeth in your smile.
Bone graft for dental implants
At times there will be a need for a bone graft in order for a person to be able to use dental implants. The dental surgeon will place a piece of bone (your own bone, cadaver, bovine, or resin plastic) where the bone graft is needed. It will take about four months for the graft to heal and produce enough bone mass for a dental implant to be placed.
Nonbone graft dental implants
For people who do not need a bone graft for dental implants to be placed, the procedure is to simply place the posts and then the crown. Those steps are:
1. When the post in the jaw bone is placed then it takes several months for it to heal
2. Then it is ready for the abutment (post) to be placed
3. After that has healed the dentist will make a mold of the teeth of that area
4. When the crown has been made from that mold it will then be placed on the post