If you’re missing a tooth or need to have a severely damaged one removed, a dental implant could be just what the doctor ordered. These state-of-the-art solutions for missing teeth involve the placement of a tiny titanium post that’s surgically implanted into your jawbone. This implant fuses with the bone and is then topped with a dental crown, bridge, or dentures. The result is a very strong and long-lasting tooth replacement that functions just like a healthy tooth. And, in many cases, bone grafting plays an important role in the dental implant process.
Our team at EZ Dental Clinic in Bellevue, Washington, have years of experience working with a range of implant systems. Read on to learn answers to frequently asked questions about bone grafting.
How does bone grafting work?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that uses bone particles from another part of your body or from bovine or cadaver bone, to repair or rebuild bones damaged by disease or trauma. In the case of dental implants, bone grafting can help prepare your jawbone for an implant and up the odds of success.
Why do I need bone grafting?
Not everyone receiving a dental implant needs bone grafting. But if bone grafting is suggested, it’s not something you’ll want to skip. Your dentist may recommend bone grafting if they believe that your jaw bone is too soft or thin to securely hold or maintain an implant. Without stronger, sturdier bone in the treatment area in such cases, an implant can easily fail.
What is the bone grafting procedure like?
The bone grafting procedure is considered a minor dental surgery. It’s typically performed in our office while you’re under a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort or pain. You can also opt for an additional IV sedative for enhanced ease and relaxation. During the procedure, your dentist creates a small incision in your gums to allow for access to your jawbone. Through that incision, they then add the grafting material.
How long does bone grafting take?
While the actual bone grafting procedure is pretty quick, it takes time for the newly placed bone particles to strengthen jawbone in the treatment area. This process, known as graft healing, generally takes a few months. Once the graft has healed, you’ll be ready for the implant. If you only need a minor graft, however, you might be able to have it done during the implant surgery.
To learn more about dental implants and bone grafting or schedule an appointment, call EZ Dental Clinic or use our online booking feature today.