Bone Grafting Overview

Dental implants are increasingly becoming a mainstream alternative to dentures and dental bridges when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Most people in Huntley are good candidates for dental implants, but in some instances, there may not be enough bone mass in the jaw to support implants. In such cases, bone grafting can work to prepare the jaw to receive dental implants.

Why Should Bone Be an Issue?

As people age, they typically develop some loss of bone mass throughout the body, including the jaw. Bone loss in the jaw can also be accelerated when teeth are missing. The body knows when teeth are no longer present, and no longer grows bone in the affected area.

With dental implants, because they are placed surgically in the jaw, once they are in position, the body knows that bone must grow once again. But you need to have enough bone to anchor the implant in the first place.

How Much Bone?

Usually, at least a millimeter of bone is needed around the implant. If the implant is adjacent to another implant, three millimeters is needed, and if next to a living tooth, two millimeters. As to height, there has to be enough bone to completely submerge the implant without affecting the nerves or the sinuses.

If not enough bone is present in the jaw, you will need bone grafting in order to receive dental implants.

Types of Bone Grafting

With bone grafting, bone is often taken from other areas of your body and used to supplement the bone in the jaw. This is known as an autograft. When bone is taken from a human bone donor, this is an allograft. Bone taken from an animal is a xenograft (in other words, a bone grafting using material from an organism that is genetically dissimilar to humans).

Ideally, the bone grafting and the dental implants will be done at the same time. Sometimes, though, it is necessary to allow some time for the grafting to heal before the implants are placed. The timeline here is very important because if too much time passes between the bone grafting and the installation of the implants, the bone could end up being re-absorbed. Your dentist will monitor the healing, and attempt to do the implant surgery when enough healing has taken place and there is minimal reabsorption.

Contact Us to Learn More

If your dental health is generally good, but you lack sufficient bone mass in your jaw to support dental implants, you may benefit from bone grafting. To learn more, or to book a consultation, contact us at Advanced Dental & Implant Care. You can contact us at 847-854-1200.

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