Tooth loss due to gum disease, facial trauma, or tooth removal can cause the jaw bone to deteriorate as it no longer has something to support. A tooth replacement requires a solid foundation, meaning that patients with jawbone degeneration aren’t candidates for dental implants, unless a restorative procedure like bone grafting is done.
To help you better understand our bone grafting procedure, we are answering all of your FAQs below.
What is Bone Grafting?
During a bone grafting procedure, the jawbone is restored so it can support a dental implant. An opening is made in the gum and the bone graft material is transplanted into the jaw bone by your oral surgeon. You can read more about the bone grafting procedure specifics here.
When is Bone Grafting Necessary?
Bone grafting procedures are usually done in preparation for dental implants. This is due to the fact that implants are unable to anchor themselves unless the jaw bone is strong enough to handle it.
How Long After Bone Grafting Can I Receive Dental Implants?
This is all dependent on how your jaw bone is structured and how minor or major your bone grafting procedure will be. Typically a minor bone graft can be done on the same day as dental implants, but major bone grafting requires time in between procedures.
In those major cases, dental implants will be placed anywhere from 5-9 months after your bone grafting procedure once the major bone grafts have had time to fuse with your natural jawbone. The timing of your dental implants is all dependent on your bone graft recovery process.