Do You Need Bone Grafting For Full Mouth Dental Implants?

Do You Need Bone Grafting For Full Mouth Dental Implants?

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Why Do Dentists Recommend Bone Grafting?

All-On-4 Dental Implants are one of the most popular solutions for full mouth restoration. Compared to traditional dentures, these implants provide a much better replacement for the form, function, and look of a natural smile. This set of teeth relies on dental implant posts that are surgically placed in the mouth. Your dentist might recommend bone grafting prior to getting implants. This is because it is imperative that your jawbone can support the dental implant. Dental implants have a high success rate, but that is based on ensuring that the structure is secure in advance. In this article, we will cover what bone grafting is, how it is done, and whether or not you will need it. But the best way to get answers on all of these questions is to visit a dental office and get a consultation. If you live in the North Andover Massachusetts area, contact our office for restorative dental treatments including dental impla nts. 

What Is Dental Bone Grafting?

Dental bone grafting is a procedure where a bone graft is placed into the mouth in a specific area. A bone graft is made of material that can come from a patients’ own body, a human tissue bank, or be made with synthetic materials. Bone grafts work by encouraging the body to build new healthy tissue around the graft. The graft acts as a sort of scaffolding that the body then builds around. This can help increase density in an area that needs more structure in order to support a dental implant or other treatment. 

How Do I Know If I Need Dental Grafting?

The decision to get dental bone grafting will likely come from your dentist. When planning restorative procedures like full mouth dental implants the first step is usually to take scans and x-rays to plan where the implant posts will be placed. One of the benefits of All-On-4 dental implants is that you only need 4-6 dental implant posts in order to support a full arch of teeth. The posts can be optimized to be placed where the jawbone has the most structure. But you might still need bone grafting. Bone grafting and tooth extraction are two treatments that are often part of the full mouth restoration treatment plan. While not every patient needs them, they are frequently required. 

If I Was told That i Couldn't Get A Single Implant In The past Can I Still Get All-On-4 Dental Implants?

Yes! This is something that frequently surprises dental patients. You may have lost a single adult tooth and been told that a dental implant wouldn’t work due to bone density. One reason we lose adult teeth is because the jawbone weakens around the tooth root. So you might infer that All-On-4 dental implants won’t be possible, but that isn’t the case. All-On-4 implants can be strategically placed to avoid areas that cannot support them. A single implant has to be placed in a specific place because of your healthy remaining teeth. But All-On-4 dental implants can be targeted to where the bone is healthiest. 

Schedule Dental Implant Consultations in Massachusetts

Dr. Emma Wu is the leading provider of full mouth restoration treatments in Northern Massachusetts. If you live in or around North Andover and are considering full mouth restoration treatments, please contact our team to set up a consultation. 

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