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Bone Grafts for Dental Implants

Bone Grafts for Dental Implants

Dental implants can help restore the function and appearance of your smile. But, you may need a bone graft before getting your implants if you’ve experienced bone deterioration due to missing teeth or oral health issues. Our Surrey dentists explain why. 

What are dental implants?

If you are missing teeth and want to restore the function and appearance of your smile, getting dental implants may be a good choice for you. Dental implants can prevent remaining teeth from loosening and shifting out of position (misalignment issues can cause further oral health problems). They can also help to maintain your facial structure.

While these are some great reasons to consider getting implants, the process is not always as straightforward as you might think. We sometimes see patients who have suffered significant bone deterioration or bone loss. For these people, a bone graft may be required before we can start the implant process.

What is a bone graft?

When we perform a bone graft, the dental surgeon transplants material from one part of your body (or a synthetic bone material) onto your jaw area where the implants are to be placed. Once the bone graft has healed, the existing jawbone will be strengthened, creating a stable and secure foundation for dental implants.

cIf you’re thinking of replacing missing teeth with dental implants, but do not have a strong enough jawbone to support the implants, a bone graft will be required.

Who needs bone grafting for dental implants?

The overall condition of your jawbone and the number of dental implants you need are just two factors that determine whether you will need a bone graft.

If you’re wondering if dental implants are the right option for you to replace your missing teeth, see your dentist at Clover Hills Dental for a consultation, and to talk about whether you will require a bone graft.

What are the different types of bone grafts?

Your dentist may recommend one of two types of bone grafting procedures, depending on the overall condition of your jaw.

Minor Bone Graft

If your jawbone deterioration is less severe, you may be able to have a minor bone graft. This procedure can be performed at the same time as the surgeon places the surgical implant.

Significant Bone Graft

For more severe jawbone deterioration, you’ll need a significant bone graft. This type of bone graft may take up to nine months to heal before you and your surgeon can start the dental implant process.

How will I know which tooth replacement option is right for me?

If you have experienced significant bone deterioration, dental implants may not be the best or even the easiest or fastest tooth replacement option for you. However, your dentist may recommend other natural-looking tooth replacement options to help restore the appearance of your smile. Contact your dentist to find out which tooth replacement option is the best choice for you.

Want to learn more about bone grafts, dental implants, or other tooth replacement options? Contact your Surrey dentist at Clover Hills Dental today to schedule a consultation. 

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