Why You May Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dental Implants

If you’re planning to have dental implant surgery to replace a missing tooth, you may need a bone graft.  Generally, a bone graft is necessary when there is not enough healthy jawbone to support the dental implant.  Bone grafting has become an extremely common procedure that is simple, safe and will likely increase the success of your dental implant surgery.

There are various reasons your natural jawbone may not be strong including:

  • gum disease
  • tooth development defects
  • an injury to the mouth
  • wearing dentures
  • empty spaces in the mouth

If this is the case, your oral surgeon will recommend bone grafting to help strengthen the bone. Bone grafting involves adding a bone tissue to the jaw, this bone tissue comes from either another bone in your body, a donor or from synthetic bone material. In most cases the bone will be taken from another part of the mouth, such as the chin or the back part of the lower jaw. Once the bone grafting is complete, it may take some time before your oral surgeon can proceed with the implant surgery. It is important to wait until the grafted bone has fused with the jaw to give the dental implants a strong base.  This process can take at least three months, or possibly more.

The idea of a bone graft is a lot scarier than the reality; it is a simple and safe procedure. Read our blog on How to Handle Fear of Dental Procedures and be sure to let Dr. Elias know if you have any questions or concerns.

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