Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant?

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Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant?

Dental implants are are by far the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth in terms of appearance, feel and function. However, they are also the most invasive option, requiring surgery — and sometimes, they also require supplementary procedures, such as bone grafts.


What is a dental implant?

A dental implants is a tiny titanium rod that is surgically implanted into your jawbone, replacing the root of a missing tooth. It is finished with with a dental crown to create a natural looking tooth that functions and feels just like a natural tooth.

And what is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a surgical procedure whereby bone material (either from your body, or an artificial source) is grafted onto the bone in another part of the body. It is essentially a bone transplant, and it is usually done to fix bone that has been damaged by trauma, and in general to increase the volume of bone in a certain area.

Why might I need a bone graft for my dental implant?

In some cases, the available jaw bone is either not thick enough, or hard enough, to support a dental implant. This happens when bone material has deteriorated during the time that the patient has lived with a missing tooth (or missing teeth). Or, it could just be that the patient has a small jaw.

A bone graft creates a stronger jaw, making for a solid foundation for a dental implant.

Depending on the condition of your jaw bone and the number of dental implants you need, you may need a substantial bone graft, which may take up to nine months to heal sufficiently for the implant to be placed. Or, you may only need a minor bone graft, which can actually be done in conjunction with the implant surgery.

Dental implants are a great option for replacing teeth, but because they require surgery, they should not be entered into lightly. Please contact our Surrey dentists today to book a consultation, and find out of dental implants are right for you.

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