A Permanent Solution for Tooth Loss
Dental implants are a remarkable way to restore any number of gaps in your smile. They don’t only look like your natural teeth, but they function like them as well. The roots of your teeth create a secure bond with your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, your body stops sending nutrients to that area of bone because it isn’t stimulated by chewing anymore, causing it to deteriorate. Dental implants reverse the adverse effects of tooth loss and encourage healthy bone growth.
Beyond that, other benefits of dental implants are:
- Improved speech
- Improved aesthetics
- Easier eating
- Boosted confidence
Reducing Recovery Times for Faster Smiles
Typically, the dental implant process takes about three to nine months to complete. During those months, a patient will only be in the office two to three times, which means the rest of the time is spent recovering. With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Dr. K. Ashraf can reduce the length of your recovery—ensuring that you can start smiling again as soon as possible.
PRP and Supplemental Treatments
Some of our patients aren’t automatically candidates for dental implants. They might have severe gum disease or a lack of bone mass in their jaw. In these situations, Dr. K. Ashraf will need to remedy these conditions before you can start the implant process.
Supplemental treatments can add months to your total treatment time, which can be frustrating. Thankfully, Dr. K. AShraf is one of the world’s foremost authorities on grafting for dental implant surgery. So, whether you need a bone graft or a soft tissue augmentation, he can use PRP to help reduce the amount of time spent preparing for the implant process.
PRP and Osseointegration
Dental implants are the most reliable and stable tooth-replacement option because we secure them directly into your jawbone. Since the implant fixture (the part of the implant that touches bone) is made from a biocompatible titanium alloy, your body will accept it, creating a firm bond. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and it is the sole contributor to the unmatched stability that dental implants offer.
Dr. K. Ashraf can use PRP therapy to assist in the osseointegration process. In a 2014 study, researchers from the journal Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism used dental panoramic radiographs to capture the effects of PRP on bone formation. They found that it had a significant positive influence, establishing a more reliable and quicker osseointegration process.
Smile Sooner with Dental Implants and PRP Therapy
When you visit our Waterloo, ON practice for a tooth replacement, ask Dr. K Ashraf about dental implants, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and osseointegration. He’ll answer all of your questions and discuss your treatment options. If supplemental procedures are necessary before he can restore the gaps in your smile with implants, he’ll use PRP to shorten your recovery time. Contact our office at 226-213-5716 to schedule your consultation today.