Prepare your smile for dental implants with bone grafting

Dental implants are a highly desirable way for patients in the Portland, Oregon, area to restore their smile after tooth loss. These titanium posts are placed into the jawbone, acting as a natural tooth root. They are then restored using crowns, bridges, or dentures to replace one, several, or all the teeth in the dental arch. Dr. Kaveendra T. Ranasinghe of Portland Dental is pleased to offer dental implant placement, but only if a patient qualifies.

What are the requirements for placing dental implants?

If you have been considering dental implants, be mindful of the requirements needed to be a proper candidate. Individuals who are best for implants are those with the following:

  • Adequate oral health. This means you have a smile free from cavities and periodontal disease, which is necessary for dental implants to succeed.
  • A commitment to following instructions. Even though dental implants are incredibly durable, patients must commit to oral hygiene regimens and regular dental visits to keep their teeth and gums healthy over time.
  • Adequate bone. The jawbone is needed to place implants successfully.

If you meet the requirements for a dental implant but do not have enough bone of the jaw available for placement of dental implants, bone grafting may be considered. Bone grafting uses the patient’s bone or manmade materials to rebuild the jawbone and prepare it before the placement of dental implants. Once the implant is placed, osseointegration occurs and continues to rebuild the bone around the area to hold the restoration firmly in place.

How do I determine if I qualify for dental implants after bone grafting?

If you have been considering tooth replacement options such as dental implants but have been told by your dental provider that you do not have sufficient bone to place them, it might be time to talk to a professional in the area about the benefits of bone grafting procedures. At Portland Dental, Drs. Kaveendra Ranasinghe and Cameron Schwab provide bone grafting to prepare for the placement of implants or to restore bone loss after severe periodontitis. Call (503) 221-8123 to request a visit at the office, conveniently located in Portland, OR at 511 SW 10th Avenue, #1206.