Has your dentist recommended dental implants? If you lack healthy bone to support implants, you may need a bone graft before implants can be placed. Our dental team at Guildford Dental in Surrey explains the process.
Dental implants are a natural-looking option your dentist can use to replace missing teeth and restore the function and appearance of your smile. Implants can also help to prevent remaining teeth from loosening and shifting, and maintain facial structure.
While implants offer many benefits, having them placed may not be as straightforward as you think. Some patients have suffered significant deterioration of bone (or bone loss) and may need a bone graft before implants can be placed.
When a dental surgeon performs a bone grafting procedure, ‘grafting’ material will be transplanted from another part of your body (or synthetic bone material) to the area of your jaw where the implants are to be placed. The graft will heal and strengthen your existing jawbone, creating a stable base for the implants.
If you are scheduled to receive dental implants to replace missing teeth but your jaw bone isn’t strong enough to support the implants, a bone graft will be the first major step before the dental implant process can begin.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Two major factors that determine whether you’ll need a bone graft before dental implants can be placed include the overall condition of your jaw bone and how many dental implants you require.
If you’d like dental implants, see your dentist at Guildford Dental for a consultation to determine whether you will need a bone graft.
Two Types of Bone Grafts
Your dentist may recommend one of two different types of bone grafting procedures to help support dental implants.
Minor Bone Graft — For patients with less severe bone deterioration, a minor bone graft may be the best option. This bone graft can be completed at the same time as the implant is being placed.
Significant Bone Graft —If you have more severe bone deterioration, you will require a significant bone graft. Before the dental implant process can begin, you may need up to nine months to heal from this type of bone graft.
If you have experienced significant bone deterioration or injury to your jaw, dental implants may not be the best tooth replacement option for you. Contact your dentist to find out more about other tooth replacement options that may be more suitable.