If you’re missing a tooth or two (or more), one of the most unbeatable treatments you can consider is getting a dental implant. However, you also need to know that the need for a bone graft to go with your dental implant may also arise.
Will You Need It?
Many dental surgeons will tell you that the possibility of getting a bone graft to go with your dental implant may arise if they find that your jaw bone is too soft or too thin to keep your implant sturdy in its existing state. If the bone is too weak to support the implant, then the ending result may be a failed implant surgery, rendering your efforts useless. A bone graft procedure is where a part of your bone is taken from another section of your body by way of a specialized bone grafting material, and then grafted onto the jawbone. It will take several months of waiting for the graft to create the necessary amount of new and strong bone that will ensure your impending implant will be rooted in a stable and secure foundation.
There’s also the possibility of you needing only a minor graft such that it can be done on the same day as your implant surgery, if your dental specialist determines that it is possible. The important thing is to have the bone graft done – and wait long enough for the bone to become as strong as it needs to be.
As with any kind of surgical procedure, it is important that you discuss your complete medical history with your dentist prior to any treatment. For as long as you meet the requirements and follow the necessary steps before, during, and after bone grafting, you can look forward to a better, more beautiful and – more importantly – stronger set of teeth that smiles brightly.
Think you might be a candidate for a bone graft? Call us at (734) 421-2675 so we can help you with the right treatments for your condition.