To place a dental implant, you need the right type of bone in the right location. The success rate of the implant depends on the state of the bone and surrounding tissue. If you don’t have enough bone, a bone graft may be needed because the bone needs to be of adequate height and width to allow the following:
-Proper location for implant placement
-Proper angle for implant
-Adequate gum tissue support to be aesthetic and hygienic
As a general guideline, at least one millimeter of bone is required around a dental implant. More space is required when the implant is next to a tooth or another implant. If there is not enough bone to completely envelop the implant, a bone graft is the next step.
Importance of Bone Grafts
When the dentist evaluates the height of the bone, they’ll determine whether there’s enough height for the implant to be submerged by tissue upon placement. However, it is important to ensure that the implant doesn’t go so deep as to impinge on other areas of the jawbone. If a nerve or sinus cavity is touched, it can cause incredible pain and hinder the entire implant process.
Types of Bone Grafts
A bone graft is the addition of bone or bone-like material in an effort to increase the volume of the bone in the jaw. Before a dental implant can be placed, the bone needs to be secured and healed. The recovery time varies, depending on the type of bone used. There are four different types of bone grafts to choose from, and the choice depends on the patient’s situation and the amount of bone required.
–Autograft – bone used from the patient’s own body
–Allograft – bone used from a genetically similar organismXenograft – bone from a genetically dissimilar organism
–Synthetic – a synthetic biocompatible material
While it’s more convenient to place bone and implant at the same time to save treatment time, it’s not feasible in most instances. Fortunately, this is not a procedure a patient needs to be afraid of, as it’s a common prerequisite for the dental implant process that is both painless and predictable.
The Next Step
Of course, the only way to know whether you’ll need a bone graft due to bone loss is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Conness. During the consultation, you’ll find out if you’re a candidate for bone grafting, and if so, what type is needed. Don’t hesitate to restore your smile and ensure that your missing teeth are safely restored. We’re ready to give you the smile you deserve.