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Bone Implants

Bone Implants

Also known as bone reconstruction or bone grafting

Learn more about our bone implant services and how it can benefit you.

In areas where the bone loss is extensive, a separate bone grafting or bone implant procedure may be necessary to regain the bone foundation.

We provide a large range of bone grafting services restoring single tooth sites to the entire mouth. Often, patients have been told by others that there is nothing that can be done for them. If you are wondering if you are a candidate, please contact us for an evaluation.

Bone implants or bone grafting consist of a host of procedures that allow us to rebuild the bony defects and regain a solid foundation to support the new tooth implant.

When a tooth is removed, the extraction socket may benefit from bone grafting regardless of whether a tooth implant is to be placed or not. It is, however, more important for the bone graft to be placed when a replacement tooth implant is inserted at the time of the tooth extraction.

For areas where the tooth has been lost for some time, the site may have already have experienced bone loss. In these cases, a different type of bone graft will be required to rebuild the lost tissue volume.

Bone graft material is considered a type of bone implant. They vary in size and shape. The bone graft material may come from human tissue, animal tissue as well as synthetic sources.

Regardless of the types of bone grafts, it should be appreciated that the bone-implant material that we use is strictly regulated. They have been highly sterilized and processed to be safe for human use according to safety guidelines prescribed by Health Canada.

It is possible to regain enough bone and transform from a severely atrophic or broken down mouth to one that can support multiple tooth implants and fixed crowns and bridges.

Dr. Liang has a specific interest in the most challenging cases of bone grafting and restorative reconstruction.

Does it hurt?
Usually, discomfort is not a problem. You will be given appropriate medications during and after the procedure. We urge you to ask other patients how they felt after implant therapy.
How long will it take?
Most implant-supported dentures cases are completed in three to four days. For other situations, the complete process may take anywhere from 4-8 months, based on where the implants are placed and the type of restoration you desire.
Will I be without teeth?
This may vary depending on the individual case. You may be without your teeth for several days. We will make sure that in the interim period, you look and feel very natural.
Am I too old?
Implant patients can be in their early teens or be mature adults in their seventies and eighties. Good health and adequate bone are the most critical factors in evaluating implant candidates.
What will it feel like when it is done?
Once the entire procedure is complete and the final restorations placed, they will actually feel or function like your natural teeth!
How do I take care of my implants?
Normal routine home care and professional cleaning visits are required. It is important to know that every 3-6 months, you will need to have a routine hygiene treatment and evaluation.
Are they expensive?
Initially, you might feel dental implants are expensive. However, they represent a more permanent and natural solution than dentures and partials. Thus, there is a greater initial investment. They should last for years, particularly if you have an "ideal" case. Independent surveys of implant patients show that they felt the investment was worth every penny and would do it again!
How much do they cost?
Each case is different. Cost is a function of your particular needs. After a complete examination, your doctor will more specifically determine your dental needs and the best treatment alternative(s) for you. At that point, you can specifically address the question of cost and be helped with financial arrangements.
Will My Insurance Pay for Implants?
Very few dental insurance plans cover implant placement; however, fabrication of the replacement teeth may be partially covered.

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