A key to implant success is attributed to the amount and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. Bone atrophy can be a result of periodontal disease, trauma or from missing your natural teeth for many years. Lack of adequate bone can result in challenges and problems during implant placement. It can require the dental implant to be placed deeper in relationship to your other teeth, resulting in a long, and unnatural looking restoration. In more severe cases, implant placement may need to be delayed until bone atrophy has been repaired or reversed. To correct his problem, we may have to first regenerate (or grow back) the bone that has been lost through a bone grafting procedure.
Dr. Towe has lectured extensively on the use of different materials and techniques to grow new bone for implant placement. She currently is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Periodontics.
During treatment, Dr. Towe will numb the area and you will feel no discomfort. She will then use various materials and tissue-stimulating proteins to help your body naturally replace its lost bone and tissue. In some cases, implants can be placed at the same time as the bone grafting procedure. In more severe cases of bone loss, implant placement has to be delayed. If this is the case, the new bone will be allowed to develop for about 4-6 months before implants are placed. Regeneration of the bone and tissue has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implant placement. Even if you have been told before that implant placement is not possible due to bone loss, this procedure can help reverse the damage and may make implant placement an option for you.
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