Bone Grafting

When someone wants to replace a missing tooth, there are two popular options. The first is a partial denture and the second is a dental implant. The latter is the most effective, comfortable and aesthetic option, but not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. However, a dental bone graft procedure can help many of those who may not have been able to get a dental implant before.

How do dental implants work?

Most dental implants consist of a metal base with a cylindrical segment sticking out of the gum and the artificial tooth that is fitted to the protruding metal section. The base acts as a root would and keeps the tooth firmly in place. To accomplish this, it is installed directly into the jaw bone.

Dental Bone Grafting for Implants

If your jaw bone is determined to be overly soft or too thin, a bone graft may be recommended.  A dental bone graft involves placing a bone grafting material in the area to strengthen the jaw. When the jaw is strengthened through bone graft surgery, it allows the base of the implant to remain secure.

Different levels of jaw weakness may require different types of bone graft surgery. A minor bone graft can often be done at the same time as the installation of the implant. If the jawbone requires more grafting, it may have to be done in advance to allow time for the jaw to heal before the installation of the implant.

With successful dental bone grafting, most people will be able to get an implant. While partial dentures are effective, an implant is nearly undetectable in the way it can look and function just like a regular tooth. Even those that have had a partial denture for years could be a candidate for an implant with the help of bone grafting. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to see if dental bone grafting is an option for you!

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