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Dental Implants: When is a bone graft recommended?

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In recent years, dental implants have become one of the most popular forms of dental reconstruction surgery, thanks to the numerous benefits they bestow over other forms of treatment.

Dental implants involve an implant dentist placing a small titanium pillar into a patient’s gum and then placing a dental crown onto the pillar. Over time the pillar fuses with the patient’s jawbone to provide strength, and the end result is a replacement tooth that looks and behaves just as a natural, healthy tooth would.

However, there are instances where the implant dentist may not be able to place the titanium pillar, and so may recommend bone grafts before dental implant treatment can take place.

Bone grafts are most often recommended where the patient has insufficient jaw bone mass in the affected area to properly support the titanium pillar, and so by grafting bone from elsewhere in the body onto the jaw bone, the dentist can rebuild the affected area in order to support the dental implant. 

In recent years, dental implants have become one of the most popular forms of dental reconstruction surgery, thanks to the numerous benefits they bestow over other forms of treatment.

Insufficient jaw bone mass typically occurs following tooth loss; the tooth, while present acts as a stimulant to the jawbone, helping and maintaining the bone mass. But when the tooth is lost, there is no stimulation to the jawbone, and so the bone naturally degrades over time. Periodontitis, which is a major cause of tooth loss, can also erode jaw bone mass if left untreated.

The quality of the jaw bone is another area which may give cause for concern, and where bone grafting may be recommended. The bone requires to be both deep enough and dense enough to properly support the implant when it is placed into the patient’s mouth.

For the bone graft, an implant dentist may take bone from another part of the patient’s body. Alternatively, they may use synthetic bone, bone from a tissue store, or even bovine bone. The graft is placed into the area that requires the additional mass in order to bond with the patient’s remaining bone, rebuilding the area and providing support for dental implant treatment.

The need for bone grafts will be determined by an implant dentist during the initial consultation for dental implant treatment. While not every patient who undergoes dental implant treatment will require bone grafts, the additional treatment can ensure the success of dental implants in those patients whose jaw bone mass is insufficient in either quantity or quality.

For more information and to schedule your consultation, contact Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery, serving Keller TX and the surrounding areas. Call 817-379-1654 to schedule your visit.

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