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Bone Grafting


Diagram of dental implant in to jaw boneSometimes, we need to perform bone grafting for implants so they will anchor in the jaw. Therefore, you may need to have this procedure done first if you plan to have implants placed. We, at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants can provide you with further details about the surgery and the cost. Read the following information so you can see how this type of procedure is performed.

What Is a Bone Graft?


A bone graft defines a procedure where a section of bone is removed from the body and grafted into the jawbone. We may also use a bone grafting material for this purpose. After this process, you need to wait several months while the grafting material or bone graft creates a stronger bone. Doing so ensures that an implant will hold when you have the implant procedure performed.

How Is Bone Grafting Related to Implant Surgery?


When we place an implant, we are placing an artificial root, made of titanium, into the jawbone. The metal fuses well with the bone, thereby creating a permanent restoration. However, sometimes we find that the bone has weakened and is not strong or stable enough to hold an implant. Therefore, in these cases, we must suggest that the patient undergo bone graft surgery.

The bone graft and implant process are well worth the time and investment, as you can have missing teeth replaced with the proper prosthetics, and greatly improve your smile and oral health. By having implants placed, you can forego the need for temporary restorations, such as dentures or fixed bridgework, either of which can damage adjacent teeth.

What Causes a Bone Deficiency?


We may use bone grafting for a jawbone deficiency that happens as the result of a developmental defect, gum disease, an empty space due to a missing tooth, or a facial trauma or injury. A lot goes into creating strong bone, and those same things can also impact the extent of bone deficiencies.

What Bone Is Affected When a Bone Graft Is Needed?


Usually, we need to transplant or use grafting material to build up the alveolar bone. This is the bone that supports and anchors the teeth, or, in this case, an implant. If a tooth is missing, the alveolar bone begins to atrophy because, basically, it is not being used. When this happens, you can also lose some of your jawbone as well, as this bone is strengthened from the action of chewing.

What Is Osteointegration?


For an implant to fuse with the bone in the jaw properly, osteointegration, or a fusing of the implant with the bone, has to happen. If we do not perform a bone graft, we cannot place an implant. Therefore, osteointegration must occur for the implant to hold and remain solidly in place.

What Types of Bone Grafting Are Used?


One of the common bone grafts we perform is the socket graft. This graft prevents a socket collapse. After the procedure, patients may undergo an implant procedure in about six months. This type of graft reduces post-operative pain after an implant is placed. We may also perform a lateral ridge preservation graft. This graft increases a jawbone’s width, so it can hold a dental implant. A sinus lift is done when a patient does not have enough bone to hold an implant in the maxilla, or upper jaw.

As you can see, bone grafting makes it possible for you to permanently restore your smile with implants. Why not call Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants at (737) 309-4351 for further details today?
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