An implant is surgically placed in your jaw, so it requires sufficient support. But gum disease, trauma (teeth grinding, car accident) and loss of the tooth can lead to deterioration of the bone.
If you are considering dental implants, bone loss can be a problem. The success of an implant depends mainly on the quality and quantity of bone in your jaw. But lack of sufficient bone density can make successful implant placement impossible.
You don't have to give up hope if your dentist has told you that you can't get an implant. Fortunately, bone grafting can build the bone in the area so it will eventually be able to support the implant.
If you don't have enough bone for a dental implant, Dr. Um takes bone from another part of your body or utilizes tissue engineering and stem cell technology to create enough bone mass and successfully support your implant.
For your complete comfort, bone grafting at Lake Forest Oral Surgery will be completed under IV sedation. You will remain conscious and able to respond to your doctor but will have little or no memory of the procedure. The effects of sedation stay in your system for several hours, so you will need a driver to get you to and from your appointment.
If you have been told you're not a candidate for an implant because of bone loss, please call Lake Forest Oral Surgery to arrange an evaluation with Dr. Um.