Bone Grafting Procedure
Tooth loss, gum disease, and oral trauma can all cause complications to the jaw bone, oftentimes making dental implant surgery difficult, especially if a significant volume of bone has been lost. Because the success of dental implants directly correlates with the level of bone, certain measures may have to be taken beforehand to ensure the longevity and stability of the dental implants. Our doctors may talk to you about undergoing a bone graft for dental implants if they believe that your jaw bone is too thin or soft to keep the dental implant in place in its current state. We will need to take a section of bone from another area of your body and graft it onto your jaw bone. We plan each bone grafting procedure to provide the best possible foundation for implants, along with restoring the proper height and width of the bone ridge, if necessary. Our doctors may incorporate platelet rich fibrin into our bone grafting treatment to ensure greater success and faster recovery.
The recovery process will most likely take several months. A successful bone graft allows your jaw bone to be strong enough to support your dental implant. Once the bone graft has had to heal the dental implant surgery can proceed.
THE BENEFITS OF BONE GRAFTING
Bone grafting has many benefits, including preparing the way for dental implant placement. When one or more teeth are lost, the jaw bone begins to recede without proper stimulation from tooth roots. While dental implants successfully restore this stimulation, proper levels of bone must be present before surgery can take place. Bone grafting also prevents other teeth from shifting or sinking into the space, along with preserving facial shape.