Bone grafting sometimes accompanies implant dentistry procedures to help facilitate a dental implant’s stabilization in the jaw. Patients receiving a graft may have bone taken from another part of their bodies such as their chins or hips. Some may choose to have bone sourced from tissue banks where bone might originate from cadavers or certain animals.
An oral surgeon may recommend bone grafting when a person has sustained bone atrophy or if an implant is going to be placed in an area of the mouth with bone that is thin and narrow. Bone grafts are helpful because they thicken and widen the bone where implants are embedded. This assists with implant stabilization by providing more tissue that can integrate to the dental implant.
How Does Bone Integrate to a Dental Implant?
Dental implants stabilize when bone integrates to their structure. The process of bone integrating to dental implants is possible because the material used to make dental implants, titanium, is biocompatible. This means that the body will not reject this metal as a foreign object. Instead, bone will integrate to implants the way it does with the roots of biological teeth.
Will I Need a Bone Graft?
The only way to be certain whether bone grafting is necessary is to schedule an appointment with our surgeon. During dental implants consultations, we take diagnostic images to evaluate a patient’s bone health. These images will help our team determine whether you will need a bone graft prior to receiving an implant.
Are Dental Implants Difficult to Care For?
Implants are considered very low maintenance when compared to other tooth replacement options. This is because dental implants are cleaned the same way that biological teeth are, with brushing and flossing.
Will I Be Comfortable During my Procedure?
We place a high priority on the comfort of our patients. During surgical treatments, we administer anesthetic and sedating medication, which will prevent sensations of discomfort and promote a relaxed state of mind.
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