Dental Implant: Bone Grafting

Assessing the Jawbone

Before undergoing dental implant surgery, it’s important to assess the thickness and strength of your jawbone. If it is deemed insufficient or too soft, you may require a procedure called bone grafting. This is because the tremendous pressure exerted by the chewing action of your mouth necessitates a sturdy bone foundation to support the implant. Bone grafting helps create a more solid base for successful implant placement.

Bone Graft Material & Process

Various materials can be used for bone grafting to rebuild the jawbone. Options include natural bone grafts, where bone is harvested from another area of your body, or synthetic bone grafts, which utilize bone-substitute materials that provide support structures for new bone growth. It’s essential to consult with your doctor to determine the most suitable option for your specific case.

The process of bone grafting and subsequent new bone growth typically takes several months before it can adequately support a dental implant. However, in certain situations, only minor bone grafting may be required, and this can be performed simultaneously with the implant surgery. The extent and condition of your jawbone will determine the appropriate course of action to ensure the success of the implant procedure.