The reason dental implants are capable of providing the results that they do is because of a process called osseointegration. The osseointegration process works….to see the implant fixture, which is one of the three main pieces of a dental implant, accepted by your jaw structure as being no different from any natural tooth. Should this process fail, it is likely that the implant fixture would fail or even fall out.
In order for osseointegration to succeed, it is important that your jawbone is strong enough to support implants. This standard can be hard to meet as the jawbone actually begins to deteriorate after you lose a tooth. Fortunately, Dr. Gregory Bell can use bone regeneration treatments to reverse jawbone deterioration for our Chicago, IL area patients.
The jawbone is like a muscle and it requires constant exercise in order to retain its shape and structure. This exercise usually comes from the vibrations that result from speaking and eating. These vibrations travel down the roots of our teeth and into the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, portions of the jawbone that the tooth was connected to are no longer getting the exercise they need to stay healthy and will begin to deteriorate.
Jawbone deterioration can actually have a drastic effect on your facial appearance as the jawbone and is partly responsible for the shape of the face. It is not uncommon for patients to develop hollow cheeks resulting in a sunken facial appearance due to no stimulation of the jawbone. It’s common for the skin directly around your mouth to prematurely wrinkle as a result of jawbone deterioration.
If your jawbone has deteriorated to the point where it can no longer support dental implants, you may need a bone regeneration treatment before you can move forward with the implant procedure – this procedure is also called bone grafting.
Bone regeneration consists of applying a new bone material to the deficient areas of your jawbone, stimulating growth and healing. This procedure is often performed directly before your implant fixture is placed. This also depends largely on the state of your jawbone. In some cases, your restored jawbone may need time to heal before it will be able to accept dental implants.
Much like the jawbone, it is also possible for your gums to deteriorate in a process referred to as gum recession. Fortunately, we have a procedure that can reverse this damage, which is called soft tissue augmentation. This procedure takes new gum tissue and grafts it to the areas of your mouth that need it. As the area heals, this new tissue is accepted and integrated into your gum structure, replacing what has been lost.
The team at Chicago Center For Esthetic, Reconstructive, and Implant Dentistry and Implant Dentistry want to make sure our patients have the highest chances of success possible when it comes to dental implant placement. For this reason, we require a consultation with each prospective patient in order to determine the possibility of any treatments needed before the procedure.
If you’re a resident of Chicago, IL and would like to find out if your jaw structure is ready to accept treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Gregory Bell, today.
Dr. Gregory Bell, DDS
30 N Michigan Ave #1220
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