Bone Graft for Dental Implants
Bone grafts are typically used to create a solid base for a dental implant where no healthy jawbone exists.
Bone can be lost for several reasons, most often being tooth or gum disease. When a tooth is missing or extracted, the bone may collapse into the empty socket. This is often characterized by a sunken appearance to the cheek or jaw. A bone graft creates a solid foundation whereby an implant can be inserted, improving or fixing the conditions caused by missing teeth.
Missing Tooth – Hole left after extraction
Bone Graft – Building up the space where the tooth once was
Membrane – Covering the new bone for healing
Stitches - Allowing the site to heal
What is a Dental Bone Graft?
If you are missing a tooth or recently had one extracted, the best solution for its replacement is an implant. Implants require healthy bone to support them. In patients who have lost their healthy bone due to age, injury, periodontal disease or poor fitting dentures and bridgework, we recommend a bone graft. A bone graft uses your own natural bone or synthetic bone to build up or add bone to the jaw. A bone graft is performed in our New You Dental Center office using local anesthesia to numb the area.
Once the bone graft has been given time to fuse to your existing bone and become strong, the implant can be placed. The amount of time will depend upon the location of the graft and the density of your bone. The average time is 3-6 months.