Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dental Implants and Bone Grafting: What You Need to Know

Dental implants have significantly impacted the field of restorative dentistry and are currently the closest option to having natural teeth. Although dental implants produce natural-looking results, obtaining them may become an obstacle. Particularly for those who have worn removable dentures for some time, patients may need pre-operative treatments before receiving dental implants.
Bone grafting is a way for patients with insignificant jaw bone density to strengthen the bone and increase the chance of success for dental implant placement.

Why Would You Need a Bone Graft?

Our jawbones are only able to retain their strength due to the amount of teeth present in our mouths. So when teeth go missing, it’s only natural that our jaw bone loses some density. This is especially true for traditional denture wearers, who may not have had natural teeth in their jaws for years. However, many denture wearers – as well as others who are missing one or more teeth – are interested in receiving a fixed and durable solution for their smiles and opt for dental implants.

Bone Grafting and Dental Implants

In order to place dental implants in the jaw, your oral surgeon will need at least 6mm of bone density to work with. If you have less than 6mm worth of bone density, your dentist may recommend a bone or tissue graft. There are a variety of bone grafting materials available, but overall the purpose of a bone graft is to regenerate the bone you have lost over time so that you are able to withstand dental implant placement. Depending on the procedure used, a bone graft can take anywhere from four to twelve months to heal. Afterward, you will be able to proceed with regaining a healthy and beautiful smile.

Contact the Brooklyn Dentists at Lublin Dental Center for More Information

If you are interested in receiving dental implants, contact Lublin Dental Center and find out whether you are qualified for implant placement. To determine whether you are a candidate, your dentist will assess your medical history and take digital x-rays or perform a CT scan in order to determine the density of your jaw bone.

For more information about dental implant placement, contact Drs. Adam and Theodore Lublin today and schedule an appointment.


  1. Dental Implants Today are mechanical devices that have been designed to substitute for individual missing teeth. They function as an artificial tooth root, on top of which some type of dental prosthesis (a dental crown, bridge or denture) can then be placed.

  2. A dental implant basically has two pieces: a metal cylinder that is placed into the jaw bone and functions like the root of the tooth, and an abutment that screws into the first piece. A crown is then placed on the abutment, creating the appearance of a tooth.