I think I have decided to have three dental implants placed and it sounds like I may need bone grafting. How do I determine if I’m a good candidate for bone grafting? My general dentist is the one who has made these recommendations up to this point, but I don’t want to take any chances. I had a bridge done many years ago and already am experiencing bone loss. I just want to make sure this is the right choice.
Thanks for your help.
– Paula from Missouri
To be a good bone grafting candidate you need to be in good general health. Then, your x-rays and CT scans will play into the final decision and specific placement of the implants for your case.
If your case is of a complicated nature, then it would be important to have someone experienced in placing dental implants. This field requires additional training beyond dental school, even though it isn’t a separately recognized specialty.
When looking for a good implant dentist, start with the state website and seek out a dentist with strong credentials. Look on their bio pages of their website and see if they have additional training and affiliation with professional implant dentistry organizations like the International Congress of Oral Implantology, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. These well-recognized associations provide the important training to implant dentists. Ultimately, talk to your dentist and gauge their experience level, find out what part they do in-house, and also if you will be referred to an oral surgeon.
I hope this information was helpful.
Best of luck.
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