If you have lost teeth due to the harmful effects of gum disease, accidental injuries or simply old age, dental implants in Watsonville, CA may be an ideal treatment option for you. Implants are known for their exceptional durability and natural appearance. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for implants, and some people may need to have bone grafted into their jaws prior to having one or more implants placed. Here are the most common reasons why you might need bone grafting before you can receive dental implants.
1. Bone Loss Due to Lack of Treatment
Did you know that the roots of your teeth help to stimulate the bone in your jaw each time you chew, and thus prevent degradation? When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone beneath the empty socket no longer receives this constant stimulation, and as a result it begins to deteriorate fairly rapidly in some cases. The longer you go without receiving a tooth replacement for your missing tooth, the more likely it is that you will need to undergo bone grafting procedures before you can receive a dental implant.
2. Advanced Gum Disease
Many people are unaware of the fact that gum disease can affect more than just gum tissue. In fact, advanced stages of periodontal disease can actually contribute to bone loss and can make you an unsuitable candidate for implants. In cases where gum disease is still active in the mouth, treatment must be sought for the diseased tissue before the patient can be considered for bone grafting procedures and implants.
3. Congenital Birth Conditions
Certain congenital birth conditions can cause the bone to be less dense than normal. In cases like this, bone grafts may be necessary prior to receiving dental implants.
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If you are wondering whether you will need bone grafts before receiving dental implants in Watsonville, CA, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andres Herrera by calling 844-858-1950 today. After a thorough examination, Dr. Herrera will be able to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for implants.