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Do I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant?

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Is there concern over whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants? Many people are turned away from implants because they do not have a healthy amount of bone structure in place.

Fortunately, bone grafts can be useful in strengthening the jawbone so that an implant can be supported. Grafts can come in many different styles. Some types of grafts use bone taking from another area of your body, while others come from a donor or are made of synthetic materials.

If you are having a tooth extracted prior to your implant placement, the graft can be placed at the time of the extraction to prevent additional loss of bone support. Or a separate grafting surgery can be performed. Usually graft surgery causes about the same amount of discomfort that you would feel following having a tooth pulled.

Placing a bone graft into your jaw will help the area become strong enough to support an implant. The graft will fuse with your surrounding bone and trigger new bone growth in the process.

Once the implant is installed, the titanium root will amplify the new bone growth process. How? By a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs when titanium triggers new bone development around it, fusing the implant into place permanently.

Alternatives for traditional implants may also be available for some people with inadequate bone levels. For instance, Zygomatic dental implants or mini dental implants are appropriate in certain types of situations.

See your dentist to find out if a bone graft or alternative dental implant treatment is your best choice. You might be surprised!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358


Using Mini Implants to Secure Your Denture’s Fit

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Over time, regular dentures can lose their comfortable fit as the bone beneath your gums changes its shape. Loose dentures can make simple activities such as talking, eating, and even smiling difficult and embarrassing. Some patients have chosen to seek out other means of securing their dentures. If you haven’t done so before, we invite you to learn a bit about how mini implants can change your view of your dentures.

How They Work

Unlike traditional implants, mini implants are less invasive, lower in cost, and ideal for those with minimal bone available to support implants. Averaging about two millimeters in diameter, these tiny titanium screws serve the function otherwise carried out by the roots of natural teeth. A brief, minimally-invasive surgery seats two to four implants (or however many your surgeon decides are necessary) comfortably into the bone, and attachments are added to the implants and to your denture so that they can easily be snapped together.

How Mini Implants Can Change Your Life

You will need to care for your removable denture the same as you did before the implants. The dentist will also provide you with specific recommendations for cleaning around your implants to ensure that they remain healthy. The implants are intended to be a permanent solution by preventing further loss of bone structure in your jaw, and also preventing the need to have your denture adjusted as frequently. The implants will give you back the confidence and security you enjoyed with your natural teeth and will improve your ability to chew, allowing you to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

If you feel you are ready to give mini implant-supported dentures a try, then schedule a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339


Same Day Dental Implant Treatment

Posted in Dental Implants

Traditional dental implant treatment can take months to complete. From surgical placement, healing, to delivering the final crown or other prosthesis can last up to 6 months before the therapy is complete. With advancements in dental implant care, some patients can now benefit from same-day implant therapy and walk out of the office with a new tooth after just one appointment.

Mini dental implants are about half of the size of traditional implants, which means they can be placed more easily and less invasively. Because they’re so easy to place, they can be used to support the crown or other prosthesis on the same day that they are placed in the patient’s mouth. One of the most common treatments that is used with mini implants is the snap-on denture, which uses mini implants to stabilize the prosthesis so that it provides a secure fit for the patient. Single missing teeth may even be replaced with a mini implant supported porcelain crown.

Not everyone is a candidate for same-day dental implants. It will depend on what type of treatment you need, which teeth need to be replaced, and the state of your oral health. However, if you are a candidate, your dentist can provide your care in just a single visit, transforming your smile in an instant.

Implants look and function similar to your natural teeth. The titanium root securely keeps the appliance in place, surrounded by your jawbone. Each single tooth implant is covered with a porcelain crown that is designed to blend in with your smile. Taking care of your implants is like taking care of any other tooth, and nobody will be able to tell the difference.


Types of Dental Implants

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There are two types of dental implants that are commonly used. Their healing times and uses are extremely different, and they allow some non-traditional dental implant options for patients that otherwise might not be a candidate.

Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants use a titanium artificial root that is placed into the jawbone in order to support a porcelain crown, bridge, or denture. These implants are about as long as a natural tooth and are useful for chewing and other typical functions. After traditional implants are placed in the mouth, a typical healing time of approximately 6 months is needed. This also allows for the fusion of bone with the titanium root surface. After the healing time has occurred, the top of the implant is exposed so that the permanent restoration can be placed on top. This is typically a porcelain crown, or in cases where several teeth are missing there may be 2 or 3 implants used to support a porcelain bridge. In some cases they may also be used to support a full-mouth implant style denture to replace all of the teeth in a single arch.

Mini Implants

The other type of implant that has recently been made available is the “mini” implant. Mini implants are approximately half the size of traditional implants, which means they can be placed in areas where there is not enough adequate bone for traditional implants. Mini implants are not recommended for the replacement of back teeth that are used for chewing. However, they may be used for the replacement of the front teeth or can even be used to aid in the fit of a standard full denture. This allows denture patients to help function easier. Mini implants are placed in a single visit and there is no required heal time following the treatment.

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