Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device. They are the only proven way to prevent bone loss after the loss of natural teeth. The most widely used metal in orthopedic joint replacement and dental implants is titanium. Titanium dental implants have been placed extensively since the 1970s. Titanium offers the benefit of being lightweight and strong, and is not rejected by the body (bio-compatible).
An implant may be used to replace almost any missing tooth, provided there is adequate bone at the site. If not, modern procedures can usually be performed to regenerate enough
bone to safely place an implant. Implants may also be used to provide stability to loose denture.
Most people between the ages of 17 and 24 begin to grow wisdom teeth. However, in some people, the wisdom teeth don't push through the gums, which could cause pain, swelling or gum tumors. Impacted wisdom teeth can also push on nearby teeth or damage jawbone. If the wisdom teeth aren't coming out of the gums, then having surgery to remove them is recommended.
The full recovery after wisdom teeth surgery can typically last a few days. However, if you choose to keep your wisdom teeth, after you discuss your situation with the dentist, be sure to follow the professional advice for proper cleaning and flossing. Mark your biannual checkups in your calendar.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to repair one fractures that are extremely complex, pose a significant health risk to the patient, or fail to heal properly. The most common use of bone grafting is in the application of dental implants to reestablish lost jawbone. Shortly after a tooth extraction, the patient loses a significant amount (30-40 percent) of alveolar bone, the existence of which is critical for any type of dental restoration (implants, full and partial dentures, bridges). The only way to restore or to maintain the required amount of alveolar bone is through bone grafting.
Bone grafting is possible because bone tissue, unlike most other tissues, has the ability to regenerate completely if provided the space into which to grow. As native bone grows, it will generally replace the graft material completely, resulting in a fully integrated region of new bone. It takes a few months for most bone grafts to be reabsorbed and replaced as the natural bone heals over that time.