Countless individuals have replaced missing teeth with jaw-bone anchored dental implants in Jefferson City. Unlike a dental bridge, a tooth implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw bone. The bone meshes with the post to create a strong base for the natural-looking prosthetic tooth and crown that attaches to the post.
Dental implants in Jefferson City are usually the ideal restoration for people who want to replace a missing tooth. There is a problem, however, if the jaw bone is too thin at the implant location. When a tooth is extracted, the bone loses the blood circulation at the former site of the root. Consequently, bone recession often takes place. If the recession is severe, there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant post.
Bone grafting can augment the bone at the implant site and provide the bone density necessary for successful dental implants in Jefferson City. This is usually effective, but it does require time for the new bone to be produced. A new discovery may provide a quicker solution for regenerating bone.
Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that quickly stimulates the production of new bone. The research team, led by Dr. Ulf M.E. Wikesjo, implanted bone morphogenetic protein in test subjects and discovered that “more new bone formed within four weeks than with conventional bone grafting.”
This protein will require extensive testing before it is available for dental implant patients. However, we are pleased with the prospect of an additional method for making dental implants possible for our patients with missing teeth and jaw bone recession. For information about tooth restoration options including tooth implants, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns, call Jefferson City Dental Care at 573-634-2400.