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Dental Implants and Bone Grafting by Toronto Dentists

When you first visit your dental professional they may recommend dental implants. This might be due to a damaged or lost tooth or teeth. Whenever there is lost or damaged teeth there is a great possibility you’ll also suffer some bone loss. If the dental professional recommends dental implants, you may also need bone grafts to ensure a successful and lasting procedure. Here’s what you need to know about dental implants and bone grafting in Toronto dental clinics.

Why would a bone graft be necessary?

It’s not unusual to have bone loss when you’ve lost a tooth. If a tooth should become lost or unstable, the bone is not stimulated by the chewing action any longer. Even if the bone remains healthy, it can lose enough mass that it would not be able to support an implant. The dentist will check the bone during your initial examination to see if you’ll need bone grafting too.

What is a bone graft?

A dentist will recommend a bone graft if the jaw bone becomes too soft or if it is not thick enough to properly support an implant. A bone graft involves removing a small piece of bone from another area of the body (usually the jaw) to the weakened jaw bone so it can be made strong enough to support an implant.

How does the bone graft work?

When you get dental implants and bone grafting in Toronto dental clinics, the oral surgeon will cut the gum open to expose the bone. Then he’ll drill holes in the area where the implant is to be placed. So that the implant will be stable for many years, it has to be implanted deeply into the bone. The bone graft is usually done prior to the implants being placed, but in some cases, it can be done at the same time. It will provide strength in the area that will keep the implant stable.

Properly aligned teeth not only give you a beautiful smile, but they can significantly improve your overall dental health.

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