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Dental Implant healing in jaw by San Antonio dentist at Excellent Dental Specialists.Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth and have quickly become the most popular option. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone to provide support for your replacement teeth. Excellent Dental Specialists offers many types of dental implants to meet numerous tooth replacement needs. For your treatment to be successful, however, a process called osseointegration needs to occur.

Your Jawbone and Dental Implant Success

Dental implants rely significantly on your jawbone for success. As you heal from surgery, your bone gradually fuses to the implant posts. This is called osseointegration. Osseointegration stabilizes the posts in your jaw, turning them into strong, stable replacement roots that are then able to hold your replacement teeth securely in place. If your jawbone is too weak, however, osseointegration may be impacted. Your jawbone may not be able to fuse properly, or at all. This results in loose implant posts and unstable dental restorations, which can significantly impact the success of the treatment.

Tooth Loss and Your Jawbone

Your teeth perform many important jobs in your mouth. One of the lesser known roles of your teeth is that they provide stimulation for your jawbone. Every time you chew, your teeth stimulate your jawbone. This tells your body that the jaw needs essential nutrients. When you suffer tooth loss, your jawbone loses stimulation. This leads your body to believe that fewer nutrients are required. As a result, fewer are sent. Over time, your jawbone begins to lose bone mass and grow weak. Your jawbone changes shape, which causes healthy teeth to shift out of alignment and alters your bite. These changes in the shape of your jawbone can also lead to changes in the shape of your face and the formation of sagging skin and wrinkles.

What if I Do Not Have Enough Bone Mass?

Before receiving dental implants, you first need a thorough oral exam. During this exam, we visually inspect your mouth and take digital images. The images enable us to see the condition of your jawbone and determine whether or not you have sufficient bone mass to support the necessary implant posts.

Just because you do not have enough bone mass at the time of your initial consultation, this does not mean that you are ineligible for dental implants. We can help to make dental implants possible with a bone graft. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone mass from another area of your body, or from a donor, to the weakened spots in your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses to the grafting material, restoring strength to your jaw so that it can successfully support your dental implants. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, we may be able to help you to avoid the need for a bone graft with a full arch restoration called All on 4 Treatment Concept. This type of full arch restoration uses only four posts that are placed within your jaw to optimize the fusion between your bone and the posts.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and finding out if they are the right treatment for you, call Excellent Dental Specialists at (210) 598-8933 to schedule your appointment today.

Excellent Dental Specialists
14500 San Pedro Ave, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
2020 Babcock Rd, Suite 10
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
6961 Hwy 87 East
San Antonio, TX 78263
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
1583 East Common Street, Suite 200
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(210) 598-8933
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