A dental implant is a device that is used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth or missing teeth. Dental implants are used to support natural looking teeth and enable patients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth to smile, speak with confidence and chew their food more comfortably. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.

Implants are constructed from materials that are compatible with the tissues of the body. The most common type of dental implant that is placed into the jaw bone is the threaded titanium cylinder. Dental implants are also available as non-threaded, non-tapered cylinders and as non-threaded, tapered cylinders. The type of implant used is decided upon by the surgeon and depends on the location in the jaw that the implant is needed, and the forces that the implant will encounter.

Dr. Bhende attended New York University for further training in Implant Dentistry. He also received a fellowship from the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) in 2003. He can do the surgical placement as well as the prosthetic restoration (fabricating crown or denture) for patients requiring implant therapy.

Bone Grafts

Bone Grafting or Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) procedures usually try to re-establish bone dimension, which was lost due to resorption. A bone graft normally takes at least four to six months to heal, before a dental implant can be placed into it. There are times also that multiple grafts may be needed to produce the amount of bone needed. This is dependent on a person’s health and amount of bone being grafted. In certain cases, the surgeon may need to do a bone graft at the time of Implant placement.

Replacing missing bone or adding to existing bone is very often essential to the success of a dental implant and the ensuing restoration.

The success of a dental implant, its ability to support a dental restoration, is very much dependent upon how much bone is available in the site where the implant is placed. There are lots of things that affect the bone volume including things like periodontal disease, trauma and infections and in some cases the sinuses may expand into available space thus decreasing the bone volume.

However, modern dental techniques assure that the success rate is quite high in patients who are basically healthy.

For further information on implants and bone grafts, you can schedule a visit at our dental office. Our office is located in Hickory, and is a short distance from nearby Catawba County, Burke County, Alexander County and Caldwell County.