Patients who lived with tooth loss or struggled with periodontitis (advanced gum disease) may experience bone loss. Since you need enough bone structure to have success supporting a tooth implant, patients with bone loss often weren't considered good candidates for dental implants. But these days, we have other solutions that make dental implants in Gretna accessible to almost every patient.
If you don't have sufficient healthy bone left where we're planning to place an implant, Dr. Schafer will often place a bone graft. The bone graft helps widen and rebuild so that the implant heals better and has less chance of failing.
During bone grafting, Dr. Schafer uses synthetic bone material to rebuild your jawbone that integrates over time with your natural bone. This process takes about three to six months. Once your bone is healed, he will place your dental implant during a surgical procedure and then allow it time to heal and fuse with your bone.
If you've been told in the past that you're not a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Schafer would love to talk with you about bone grafting and your options for tooth replacement. Our dental office proudly serves the communities of Gretna, Timberlane, Belle Chase, Marrero Harvey, Terrytown, and Woodmere.