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Dr. Sarna offers Dental Implants as they are an amazing treatment for replacing missing teeth. However, the placement of dental implants needs to be carefully evaluated in respect to the bone where the implant is positioned.
When a dental implant is placed into the jawbone it is used as an anchor, the key is ensuring that it is completely stable within the bone. That gives the dental implant strength and stability. It is extremely important to ensure there is a sufficient volume of bone around it in height, width, and depth.
As a general rule, a minimum of 1 millimeter of bone is required around a dental implant. More space is required when the implant is next to a tooth or another implant. If there is insufficient bone to completely envelope the implant, a dental bone graft will be required. When evaluating the bone height, there should simply be sufficient bone so that the implant will be completely submerged. When placing implants in the upper jaw, there may not be enough room vertically, and a sinus lift may be required to reconstruct the bone.
Bone grafting is the process of adding bone, in an attempt to increase the volume of bone in the jaw. Usually, the addition of bone heals before the implant can be placed. The healing period may vary with the individual. There are many types of bone grafts, and the type of dental bone grafting that is selected will depend on the situation, and on the quantity of bone required in your specific case.
Depending on the situation, dental bone grafts can be placed at the same time as an implant, or previously to the implant. Although it is more convenient to do the implant and graft at the same time, thereby saving time, sometimes the clinical situation does not allow this to happen. If the dental bone graft has to be placed previously to the implant being put in, it is very important to follow the timelines set out for treatment where sufficient healing, but minimal resorption has occurred.