In the past, bridgework was the primary dental restoration technique used to completely replace a missing tooth. However, this piece of dental work was only as strong as the two neighboring teeth that anchored it in place. In recent years, dental restoration technology has advanced to the point that dental implants have become the preferred option.
This involves surgically inserting a titanium abutment post into the underlying socket to replicate the strength of the original root of the tooth. Yet for this to be possible there needs to be sufficient bone structure in the area to fully anchor the implant abutment.
Sometimes tooth loss can compromise the bone tissues in the underlying gums. Should this prove to be the case, our dentist, James T. Voorhees, DDS in Lenexa, Kansas may recommend having a bone graft installed into the area.
The grafted bone tissues can often be installed in a single outpatient appointment at our Lenexa, Kansas practice. Most people choose to be deeply sedated during the procedure. If so, you will need to have someone drive you and help at home until you have fully regained your alertness.
The necessary bone material can be extracted from your chin or a surgical grade cadaver. Your oral surgeon will then install the bone graft by making an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone and inserting the graft in place.
If you live in the Lenexa, Kansas area and are in need of a dental restoration, please call 913-888-2474 to schedule a consultation at the dental office of James T. Voorhees, DDS. Our team looks forward to helping you restore your healthy smile!