Quite often it is necessary to carry out a dental bone graft prior to inserting dental implants, and it might be a little concerning to hear you need this procedure. In fact there is nothing to worry about as bone grafts are incredibly safe and this treatment is routinely and extremely successfully carried out here at D&D Periodontal Associates.
What Is a Dental Bone Graft?
A dental bone graft is a way of adding additional bone material to your jawbone, helping to build it up in areas where it is deficient. It is used to increase the height or width of the bony ridge that used to support your teeth. This procedure helps to ensure your implant treatment is a complete success, by making sure there is plenty of bone to surround your dental implants so they will be firmly held in place. Sometimes we might suggest a bone graft to help create a more pleasing contour by providing additional support to your gums. This can help provide you with the very best aesthetic results.
How Can I Know that Bone Grafting Materials Safe?
Our dental office only uses the very highest quality materials for dental bone graft. The bone used for grafting can come from a number of different sources. It can be donor bone that is specially treated, or it may consist of artificial materials.
It is possible to take bone from another site in your body, for example from your chin or hip. This does guarantee great results as your body will immediately recognize the bone as its own so there is very little chance of the graft being rejected. It is also possible to use donor bone, and this will have been specially treated and sterilized to ensure it is safe from use. Often we will use artificial bone grafting materials. These are completely safe for use and help encourage your body to grow its own bone cells, gradually replacing the artificial grafting material.
When you come to visit us, we can discuss all possible options for bone grafting with you in far more detail, so you have all the information you need to make the right choice for you. When it comes to actually carrying out the grafting procedure, we will make sure you are kept completely comfortable and pain free.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants with DDperio
Having a dental bone graft might slow down your implant procedure slightly, but it does depend on how much bone grafting material is needed. Sometimes, if only a minimal amount of bone is required, we can place it at the same time as the dental implant, so your dental implants will not take any longer. If we do need to place your bone graft separately, then it is usually necessary to allow several months healing time. We know this might be a bit frustrating as most people want to complete treatment as soon as they can, but it will only be three to six months more for a treatment that might potentially last a lifetime, so it is still well worth your effort.