I have had two dental implants since 1991. One of then is beginning to fail. Recently during routine teeth cleaning, the dental technician was able to insert a dental probe into the gum area surrounding the implant almost to the base of the implant. There seems to be the beginning of infection developing in the area. It is being recommended that the implant be removed and replaced. It also seems that there will be a need to reconstruct or improve the bone mass in that area before a replacement implant can be set. What is bone reconstruction in the jaw area? What substance is used to do this? How long would recovery take. I am 75 years old and in very good health. In most circumstances what are the steps in the process to replace an implant? Can the bone reconstruction and placement of the new implant take place at the same time? J. Easter

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 23 - November - 2011, at 00:20 AM

  • When there is not enough of bone left to give dental implants, then bone reconstruction is done. For bone reconstruction, bone substitutes are used which will act as a matrix for new bone formation. Natural bone will start growing around the bone substitutes and bone substitute will be later replaced with natural bone completely. It takes around 6months for bone to form.  Bone substitute placement and placement of dental implants can be done at same time. In few cases, bone substitute may be placed earlier and after some time, dental implants are placed. Bone substitute is made up of synthetic material or bovine derived material. Bone can also be taken from patient’s chin or ramus.  To fasten growth of grafted tissues and to fasten the healing, plasma rich proteins can also be given. Bone reconstruction is a safe procedure. For more info on how dental implants are placed, refer to…   http://www.identalhub.com/article_how-the-implants-are-placed-172.aspx

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