Good candidate for bone grafting?

Hello,

I am 42 years old and when I was only 16 years old, I had a dental bridge placed. Now that I’m older, I can really tell how much bone has been lost. So, now I need three dental implants. I was wondering if I’d be a candidate for bone grafting so that I can get the implants?

– Paul in Oregon

Paul,

If you are in good general health with no major physical ailments, then your chances for success with bone grafting are good. Other than that, it is difficult to provide any specific recommendations without seeing an x-ray or CT scan.

You need to make sure that you see a dentist with a lot of experience in placing dental implants, especially if your case is a bit complicated. You may not realize this, but to do this kind of work well, especially bone grafting, requires extensive training after dental school. Although, implant dentistry is not a regulated field within dentistry, many dentists claim to do implants, but may not necessarily do them well. There can be unforeseen complications and you want to take every precaution to avoid dental implant failure.

Make sure you investigate the dentist’s credentials. One way to tell if a particular dentist is an expert is to see if they are involved with the following organizations:

  • International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Academy of Osseointegration
  • The American Academy of Implant Dentistry

This involvement in know way guarantees a dentist’s experience level, but it does show their commitment to pursuing the latest technology and techniques in the field.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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