When you need a dental implant, there is a chance that you’ll also need a bone graft. Bone grafts are only used in some cases where the surgeon needs to prepare the space for the implant. A bone graft can seem like a complicated procedure, but it doesn’t have to be a scary one.
Here is everything that you need to know about bone grafting for dental implants.
Bone Graft Overview
When you need a dental implant, a dental surgeon will insert the implant directly into your jaw bone where the missing tooth is. For this to work, there has to be enough bone in place (height and width is essential!) to support the implant. If the bone volume is insufficient, the dental surgeon will need to enhance the bone with a graft. Bone grafting may be done at the time of tooth removal to preserve the bone a few months before implant placement. Once the bone site has matured, an osseointegrated implant may be placed. Sometimes an implant and bone graft may be performed at the same time as the tooth is removed. This can streamline the process.
Traditional vs. Immediate Load Dental Implants
A traditional dental implant must be covered with a healing cap or cover screw and allowed to heal for several weeks or months. You must use a temporary replacement such as a partial denture during this healing process. When osseointegration is complete, you will come back to our office for us to remove the cover and place the abutment and crown.
Immediate load dental implants are designed to take the forces of biting and chewing right away. Instead of waiting several weeks for healing, you will leave our office with your permanent crown on the same day that your dental implants are placed.
Where and When are Bone Grafts Needed?
- Areas where teeth have been missing for more than 4-6 months often require grafting
- Areas under old bridges where teeth have been missing for many years
- Areas that have been deformed by years of denture wear and abuse.
- Whenever your goal is to place a stable long-lasting implant.
Studies show that implants with 2mm or greater of facial bone thickness are more stable and long-lasting.
The Recovery Process
Recovering from a bone graft is not painful — most people only need to take over the counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol for minor discomfort. Ice is often recommended to reduce occasional swelling and speed the healing process. The initial healing takes place in 7-10 days and sutures are removed or dissolvable. Antibiotics are usually prescribed.
A qualified and licensed dental surgeon can perform a bone graft with a relatively low risk of complications or problems. Getting a bone graft is nothing to worry about. If you still have concerns, then the best way to alleviate them is to talk to a dental surgeon. Your dentist can help you find the information that you are looking for.
Contact Us Today
If you need a dental implant and you want to know more about the bone grafting procedure, call us at 914-723-4707 or request an appointment via our website. At Scarsdale Dental Group, we have extensive experience with all aspects of dental health, including dental surgeries to improve your oral health.