How Bone Grafts Support Dental Implants

How Bone Grafts Prepare for Dental Implants

After years of having missing teeth or experiencing dental trauma, the jawbone atrophies and loses mass and density. It becomes too narrow and thin to support an implant. For patients wanting a dental implant, bone grafting becomes necessary to prepare the site for treatment. 

Bone grafting helps improve the success rate of implant placement. Having additional bone volume helps create a stronger foundation for dental implants. 

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants 

A dental implant is a small metal post surgically inserted into the jawbone. It mimics a tooth’s natural root, creating a stable place for an artificial tooth. However, the implant must have a strong foundation, making bone grafting necessary. 

Bone grafting is an additional procedure completed weeks or months before the implant appointment. Natural or artificial bone gets added to the jaw, stimulating the generation of new bone. It can come from another site on your body, a donor, or be manufactured. After insertion, the new bone helps support the dental implant, creating a strong foundation for the metal post.   

Who Needs Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is often included in a treatment plan for patients with bone loss due to injury of periodontal disease. Other patients need it because they previously had teeth extracted but did not have adequate bone to support an implant. Several rounds of bone grafting may be necessary for these patients before they can undergo a dental implant.  

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants at Empire Dental Specialty

Replacing your missing teeth is good for your self-esteem and oral health. If you want dental implants to replace your missing teeth, speak with one of our experienced oral surgeons. After a comprehensive consultation, you’ll know whether you need a bone graft to prepare your mouth for implantation. We have oral surgery services in both Beavercreek and West Chester.