When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are a very good choice. Implants are permanent, stable restoration options that can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth, and they can last a lifetime with the proper care. But there are some requirements for your dental implants to be successful, and not the least of those is a healthy amount of bone tissue in the upper or lower jaw, depending on the treatment area. Dental implants need to bond with the surrounding bone tissue in order for them to serve you properly, and without that tissue, there is a chance your implant could fail.
If you are having teeth removed in preparation for an implant, your body will fill in the missing space with bone tissue and allow for a stable implant. In this situation, the implant will be placed relatively soon after the extraction. However, if you have been living with an incomplete smile for a while, it is likely that your jawbone has begun to deteriorate. In this situation, our oral surgeons may suggest a bone graft or a sinus lift to ensure successful implant placement.
To schedule your consultation for bone grafting for implants in Traverse City, Michigan, or in Alpena, Cadillac and Gaylord, contact the nearest Grand Traverse Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centers office today. A member of our team will help you plan your visit with us.