At our office, we meet some patients who have been told they do not make good candidates for dental implant surgery because they lack sufficient bone into which to place a dental implant. We have the solution that transforms someone who “wasn’t” a candidate for dental implants, into someone who is a candidate for dental implants – bone grafting. Insufficient bone is a result of bone resorption (a process of the bone dissolving or disappearing) that occurs after tooth loss or tooth absence. Dental bone exists to support tooth roots. When a tooth is lost or missing, there is no reason for the dental bone to stay, so the body resorbs or dissolves the bone. In such cases, Dr. Barreto may recommend dental bone grafting surgery to give you the needed bone for dental implant placement. Read below to learn more about bone grafting surgery as a precursor to dental implant surgery. Bone grafting may be able to help you achieve your overall goal of a transformed smile.
How Does the Bone Grafting Procedure Work?
Bone grafting helps establish an area to place dental implants. If you have suffered loss of jawbone and bone structure, then bone grafting surgery can help build that bone structure back up. During dental bone grafting surgery, a sample of bone from another part of your mouth or body is surgically grafted to the jawbone to provide added support, or sometimes synthetic bone is used. If a significant amount of bone is needed, bone may be taken from the hip.
If you have minimal jawbone loss, bone grafting might be performed at the same time as the dental implant placement; however, many patients need the bone grafting procedure several months prior to dental implant surgery. This is to ensure the grafted area has had the time for the bone graft to become solid bone for placing the dental implants.
If this all seems a bit confusing to you, don’t fret. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Barreto to find out what procedures are necessary for your personal case.