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Do I Need Surgery Before Implants?

Posted on 10/10/2022 by Dr. Johnson
 Do I Need Surgery Before Implants?Implants are becoming very popular for American adults who have lost teeth. Over five million adults currently have dental implants, and about half a million people get new implants each year. While implants are revolutionary replacements for your natural teeth, some people need to have surgery before implantation can take place.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great addition to restorative dentistry. Every dental implant has a metal (usually titanium or zirconium) screw that dentists or oral surgeons insert into your jawbone, just as a tooth root holds your teeth into your jawbone. On top of the screw sits a metal and porcelain prosthetic tooth. Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth.

Requirements for Dental Implants

If you are thinking about getting your teeth replaced through dental implants, you need to know there are some requirements upfront. First, you cannot use tobacco. If you are currently using, you need to quit for the dental implant surgery. Second, you must have enough bone tissue in your jawbone to support an implant. Not everyone will have enough bone in their jaw for implant support. That's where a bone graft will come in handy.

Bone Graft Surgery

In bone graft surgery, oral surgeons will use bone from your body, another person's body, or an animal to support bone growth on your jawbone. While the bone graft surgery sounds complicated, it is actually simple. The dentist will make an incision in your gum line, and then place a silver of bone by your existing jawbone. They will then place a membrane over the bone graft to protect it and stitch the incision up. After your bone graft heals completely, your jawbone will be able to support a dental implant, and you'll be ready to begin the implantation procedure.

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