What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is designed to repair an area in the jaw where there
used to be a tooth, or areas of bone loss. Typically, a bone graft is
the first step in the process of getting a dental implant. A bone graft
can come from various sources, such as another area in the mouth,
synthetic or sterile bone from other sources.
Why do I need a bone graft?
One of the most common consequences of missing a tooth or multiple teeth, is bone loss. Following the loss of a tooth, within the first year it is common to have as much as 25% of bone loss in that area. Additionally, when teeth are lost and bone loss occurs, patients can physically appear older.
One of the best options to replace a missing tooth or teeth is a dental implant. In order to have a successful dental implant restoration, the foundation for bone will need to be preserved or placed immediately following a tooth extraction.
Bone Graft with Immediate Implant Placement
During this treatment, a dental implant and bone is placed, either by an oral surgeon or a periodontist. The site is given time to completely heal before the dental implant (link to implant crown) is ready for a crown or other permanent restoration, such as an implant denture. (Link to implant denture) It typically takes 3-6 months for the site to heal following a bone graft.
Bone Graft (Socket Preservation)
Sinus Lift with Implant Placement
Additionally, when there is bone loss and low lying sinuses on the upper jaw, a sinus lift may be necessary prior to implant placement.
Schedule an evaluation today
When it comes to your oral health we want you to receive the best care, which is why we work with a team of highly trained specialists. Give us a call today to schedule an evaluation for your need for a bone graft or sinus lift prior to dental implant placement.