Missing teeth? Unsure and worried about the appearance and health of your smile?
At Chugach Dental, we offer a variety of tooth restoration options, including dental implants. However, if you’ve lived with missing teeth for years or if your existing teeth are severely decayed, there’s a chance a dental bone graft may be needed to create a healthy, solid, and stable foundation for an implant.
If a partial denture or a bridge is not ideal, sometimes implants are a better solution. Bone grafting might be needed after an extraction or to best accommodate a dental implant. Unlike dentures, implants are:
- Much more durable
- Require much less maintenance
- Can be brushed just like natural teeth
- Preserve your facial structure
- Allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence
If you’re missing teeth, are interested in dental implants, or are looking for an alternative to dentures, talk to Dr. Adam Jensen. Get your tooth implant consultation at our Anchorage, AK office. Call us at (907) 868-3000 to get started.
When is a dental bone graft needed?
Implants are a marvel of modern dental technology. When skillfully crafted and placed, they’re nearly as strong, stable, and durable as a natural tooth. However, to maximize the success of an implant procedure, there must be a solid foundation of healthy bone.
When teeth are lost, the bone beneath them begins to erode and dissolve, a process known as resorption. Eventually, the jaw bone is no longer strong enough to support an implant. In this case, the bone must be strengthened and restored with a graft.
A dental bone graft is not always needed prior to an implant procedure.
Only through a thorough examination using high-tech digital imaging equipment can your dentist determine if a dental bone graft is needed.
What causes bone loss in the jaw?
Bone loss is most commonly seen as a result of lost teeth. While the jaw bone holds the roots of your teeth in place, the roots of your teeth help preserve the structure of your jaw bone as well. When teeth are lost, the result is a slow, steady, and irreversible loss of bone structure.
In addition to lost teeth, the bone structure may be compromised and damaged as a result of:
- Mineral deficiencies
- Facial injury
Our dental implant procedure…
- Dr. Adam Jensen starts with a thorough exam of your teeth, gums, and bone structure
- If needed, a bone graft may be performed to prepare for the implant procedure
- After the bone graft has healed, the implant will be placed into the jaw bone
- A custom crown, bridge, or denture will be bonded atop the implant to complete the restoration
We accept all dental insurances!
We are in-network with Premera Blue Cross, Delta Dental, Moda, Aetna, Cigna, United Concordia, MetLife, TRICARE, and more. We’ll file paperwork, explain what’s covered, and help you maximize your insurance benefits.
Our office does not accept Medicaid.
Have a question about how much an implant will cost with dental insurance? Call our Anchorage dentist office today at (907) 868-3000.
No insurance? No problem.
Don’t worry. If you need a dental bone graft in Anchorage, we offer a variety of flexible payment and financing options, including CareCredit. We also offer our Healthy Smile Club, which starts at $47.62/month ($44.47 for kids 12 and under) and includes cleanings, exams, discounts on treatments, and much more.
We’re here to help you.
Learn more about the latest in high-tech dental bone grafts. Schedule your appointment at Chugach Dental today.