At Cloverdale Crossing Dental Group, our dentists often restore the appearance and function of patients' smiles with dental implants. That said, patients who lack healthy bone to support the implants, will require a bone graft before implants can be placed.
Dental implants can be a natural looking way to replace missing teeth and restore the function and appearance of your smile. However, the dental implant process may not be as straight forward as you believe. If you have suffered bone deterioration, or bone loss where the implant is to be placed, you may first require a bone graft to strengthen your jaw.
During the bone grafting procedure, your dental surgeon will 'graft' material taken from another part of your body (or a synthetic bone material) onto your jaw. As the graft heals it helps to strengthen your existing jawbone in order to create a stable base for the dental implants.
If you wish to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, but your jaw bone isn't strong enough to support to the implants, you will require a bone graft before the dental implant process can begin.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
The number of dental implants you require, and the overall condition of your jaw bone will determine whether or not you will require a bone graft to support the implants. If you would like dental implants, see your dentist to discuss whether you will need a bone graft.
Healing After a Bone Graft
There are two types of bone grafts that can be done to help support dental implants.
Patients with more severe bone deterioration will require a significant bone graft. This type of bone graft can take up to nine months to heal before the dental implant process can begin.
Patients with less severe bone deterioration may be able to have a minor bone graft. This type of bone graft can be performed at the same time as the implant is being surgically placed in the jaw.
If you have experienced significant bone deterioration, or injury to your jaw, dental implants may not be the best tooth replacement option for you. Speak to your dentist to find out more about other tooth replacement options that may be suitable for you.