When is Bone Grafting Needed?

November 28, 2023 9:00 am
Bone grafting, augmentation. Medically accurate 3D illustration.

Patients preparing to get a dental implant may be told that they require a bone graft before the implant can be placed. If you’re unfamiliar with what a bone graft entails, this could sound scary. But, it’s a common procedure meant to ensure the success and longevity of your dental restoration.

What is a Bone Graft?

A bone graft becomes necessary when a patient’s jaw is not strong enough to support a dental implant. During the procedure, healthy bone material, harvested from another area of the body, sourced from a donor, or produced synthetically, is added to the jaw to encourage the growth of new bone. Over time, the grafted material osseointegrates with the surrounding tissues and makes it possible to move forward with your restorative dental treatment.

Who Needs Bone Grafting?

A patient may require grafting for a number of reasons. Conditions such as gum disease, missing teeth, and facial trauma can lead to bone deficiency. Our bones must receive constant stimulation to continue growing healthily, so when a missing tooth leaves a gap in the jaw, the surrounding bone grows weak and can begin breaking down.

The first step of any dental restoration procedure is a comprehensive consultation with your dentist. At this time, we will determine if bone grafting is a necessary step. If so, be aware that it may add a few months to your treatment timeline, but it’s crucial to achieving your desired results. If your dentist recommends bone grafting, just think of the procedure as a smart investment in your overall oral health.

Dental Implants in Brentwood, CA

If you’d like additional information about bone grafting or dental implants in general, give the team at Robert J. Freitas II, DDS Family Dentistry a call. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality dental care available by staying up to date on the latest advancements in technology and best practices for treating patients.

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