Are you missing one or more teeth? Temporary solutions like dentures may slip out of place or prevent you from eating your favorite foods. Dental implants are a more functional and long-lasting alternative for creating a beautiful smile. Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Prabh Grewal and Dr. Arthur Kilkuts are proud to offer dental implants for individuals living in Norco and Eastvale, CA.
Patients considering dental implants at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center should meet several qualifications before getting treatment. This includes having a strong, healthy jawbone that can support them. Learn whether you are a candidate for surgery by calling our office in Corona, CA. Our team can walk you through the process and recommend options to improve your oral health, like bone grafting.
Has your jawbone lost density?
Your jawbone needs stimulation from the tooth roots to stay healthy and strong. If you have missing teeth, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, which means it cannot support a dental implant. There are several reasons why someone would experience jawbone deterioration, including:
Periodontal disease: Advanced periodontal disease breaks down the jawbone, which is responsible for holding your tooth roots in place. Even after getting treatment for gum or periodontal disease, your jawbone may not be able to support an implant.
Tooth extractions: If a tooth is removed and not replaced with the appropriate restoration, jawbone loss occurs.
Damaged or broken teeth: Your teeth may be damaged due to previous trauma. If a tooth is broken and the biting surface comes off, a lack of bone stimulation can cause bone loss. This is because the tooth is no longer being used to bite and chew.
Your dental implant assessment
The specialists at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center serve patients of all dental needs and backgrounds to preserve their oral health. When you come in for a dental implant assessment in Corona, CA, we can examine the problem areas and take digital images of your jawbone. During your initial consultation, we can determine whether you have the bone density necessary to handle dental implants.
What if I don’t have enough bone density?
If your jawbone is not strong enough to support dental implants, our team can recommend an advanced procedure called bone grafting. This surgery removes a bone graft from areas like the chin, hip, or lower leg to treat the affected jawbone. Additional options include bone harvested from another human or an animal. Treatment is performed with local anesthesia and sedation techniques so you can feel as comfortable as possible.
The graft should bond with your jawbone over time in a process called osseointegration. Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center can give you information about how this process occurs and how to take care of your teeth and gums at home. It is very important to maintain your normal oral care routine through brushing and flossing. When you come back for a follow-up appointment, we can discuss when you can get your dental implant.
Restore your missing teeth
Replacing missing teeth can help you feel better about your appearance and oral health. If you are interested in learning the benefits of dental implants or need to schedule bone graft surgery, meet with board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Prabh Grewal and Dr. Arthur Kilkuts. The specialists at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center are available to address your questions and concerns in Corona, CA.