bone loss and implants

by Alecia
(Alaska)

I have been told that I must have all of my teeth extracted.

I have a lot of bone loss, but want to have denture implants.

The dentist said it is a possibility. If I have bone grafting done do I need healing time between the grafting and the implant placements?

What is the recommended time line of the start to finish from extraction to final placement?

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Oct 28, 2010
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Extractions and implants
by: Nick Konev, owner of Mexican Dental Vacation

Hi Alecia,

Usually a healing period of 4-6 months is recommended after extractions, allowing your bone and gums to heal properly in preparation for dental implants.

If you have insufficient bone to place the dental implants, then bone grafting would be required. In cases where little bone is needed in the grafting site, we may use bovine bone, which is a product that is available for purchase. In cases where severe bone loss is present, it may be necessary to harvest bone from the patient, either from the jawbone, or another part of the body, usually from the leg.

These types of procedures require a healing period of 6-9 months.

The total time necessary would be 4 to 13 months, depending on which grafting method is used.

First, you would do the extractions, and a temporary denture would be made. The grafting may be done at the same time as the extractions, or a healing period of 4-6 months would be needed before the grafting is done. After that, implants are placed in one visit, and the temporary denture is reused, and you would come back in 4-6 months later, when the implants are healed and integrated into the bone.

Then, the permanent denture or prosthesis is made and placed on the implants, and you go home with beautiful teeth!

I know that this sounds like a long time, but it is necessary to get the proper result. Having enough healing time will ensure that the failure rate of this treatment stays very low.


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