Dental implants have revolutionized restorations for missing teeth. However, implant treatment often requires preliminary procedures like bone grafting. Bone grafting is often used to help patients qualify for implant treatment, which, in turn, helps you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile!
When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is positioned underneath the gum tissue and into the jawbone. Once in place, the implant post mimics the function of a tooth root and can be used to support a wide variety of restorations. The strength and support of a dental implant involves a process known as osseointegration. During osseointegration, the implant post and your jaw will fuse to form a powerful bond.
Osseointegration will only take place with bone that is healthy enough to support an implant. If your bone is too thin or too soft, osseointegration may not occur, which results in implant failure. A bone graft can improve the quality and quantity of your jawbone, ensuring the success of your implant.
A bone graft will foster the growth of new, healthy bone that strengthens the structure of your jaw. This can help you qualify for implant treatment and even provide you with a more youthful facial appearance. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Jeffrey Crowley will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if a bone graft is necessary.
Bone Grafting Procedures
There are several types of bone grafting procedures, but each one follows the same basic steps. During your grafting procedure, we will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Next, we place the grafting material over the section of your bone in need of restoration. Once the graft material is in place, we will suture any incisions.
Over the next several months, the grafting material will absorb into your jaw to create newer, healthier bone. By the end of this process, your jawbone should be strong enough to support a dental implant. We usually need to wait until the process is complete to proceed with implant treatment.
Bone grafting procedures include:
Bone Grafting Materials
These days, we can source bone grafting materials in several different ways. Types of grafting materials include:
Schedule Your Consultation
Find out if you need a bone graft today, especially if you are interested in dental implant treatment. Call (971) 447-0164 to schedule your consultation appointment now!