Dental implants provide a sturdy, long-lasting foundation for replacement teeth. In some cases, a bone graft is required to properly secure the implant in place. What is a dental implant bone graft? Will I need a bone graft for dental implants? We will answer those questions and more in this guide.
What Do Bone Grafts Do for Dental Implants?
Dental implants lock into your jawbone just like your natural teeth roots. They need a certain amount of jawbone to secure properly. A bone graft fortifies the jawbone when it is too narrow or too soft to support the implant. In other words, it creates a large, stable foundation.
How Do Dental Implant Bone Grafts Work?
During your dental implant consultation, the periodontist will examine the structure of your jawbone. He will determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant and if bone grafting will be necessary. If it is, the bone grafting may often occur during the same oral surgery as the dental implant. This process may be split into two appointments, depending on the condition of the jawbone and the amount of grafting required.
The bone graft itself will be made with artificial materials that connect with your jawbone. As you heal, your natural bone materials will grow and strengthen the graft. The result is a solid structure that can suitably support the implant.
Are Bone Grafts Required for All Dental Implants?
No, bone grafts are not required for all dental implant procedures. The oral surgeon will determine if this is necessary during the initial consultation. If your jawbone is thick enough and strong enough to support an implant on its own, you will not need a bone graft. Your periodontist will examine your jaws to decide which treatment path is right for you.
What to Expect after Bone Grafting
If your bone graft is placed during the same appointment as the dental implant, your healing will proceed as normal. If the bone graft is placed in a separate appointment, you will need to heal for some time before getting your dental implant installed. Again, the timeframe for your healing will depend on the nature of your circumstances, but it may be several months.
Scheduling a Consultation for Dental Implant Surgery
If you think you may need a dental implant, contact Clinton Dental Center at (586) 949-5363. Our full-service dentist office offers cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, emergency dentistry, restorative dentistry, implant dentistry, TMJ treatment, sleep apnea treatment, and much more. Give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sadikoff.