When one or more teeth are missing, there’s no question that a dental implant is a great solution to consider. This cosmetic treatment looks and functions like the original tooth, making it hard to detect that the tooth has been replaced. If you are considering a dental implant procedure, then there is a possibility that your dentist might recommend dental bone grafting as well.
Bone Grafting to Strengthen the Jaw
Some people experience problems because the jaw bone is too soft or thin to hold the dental implant. It is important that the jaw bone is strong enough to provide a base for the implant. If the bone is too weak, then it could result in failure of the implant surgery.
This bone weakness can happen in adults who have lost a tooth, and the weakness could result in serious consequences in the future. When the tooth is gone, the supportive bone starts to resorb into the body. Luckily, bone grafting procedures can be done in the dental office to help you avoid complications of missing teeth.
Why Dental Bone Grafting with an Implant?
A dental implant is designed with two parts: a post placed in the jaw bone to act as the root of the tooth, as well as an abutment that can be screwed into the post. Then, a crown can be placed on top to create the cosmetic portion of the tooth.
The solution is to use dental bone grafting in conjunction with the implant placement. Special bone grafting material will be placed in the area where the implant will be located. This grafting material consists of bone minerals where the new bone cells can be deposited. Then, it is necessary to wait a few months while the graft strengthens that section of your jaw. When the bone is strong enough, then the implant can be placed.
Sometimes, the bone grafting and implant placement can be done at the same time if a minor graft is required. Your dentist will offer recommendations to increase the likelihood of success with the graft and implement placement.
Goals of Bone Grafting
There are three main goals or purposes of a bone grafting procedure:
- Saving a Tooth: Severe gum disease could result in bone loss and cause the teeth to become loose. These teeth can be saved with a bone graft that rebuilds the jawbone support needed to keep your teeth in place.
- Dental Implants: As mentioned above, bone grafting is sometimes paired with dental implants. Since good bone density and volume are required for implant placement, bone grafting can be used to increase the success rates of the treatment.
- Tooth Extractions: When a tooth is removed, it is common to place bone grafting materials in the socket of the tooth, giving you the option for a dental implant in the future.
Do you need a dental bone graft? You can talk to our experienced dental team for personal recommendations. We personalize every treatment plan, ensuring optimal results for your smile. Learn more by contacting us at myDental. We offer several locations in the area for your convenience.