Bone Graft for Dental Implants

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Bone Graft for Dental Implants

A bone graft, or bone augmentation, for dental implants ensures a strong and secure hold for the artificial tooth before placing the implant. Bone grafting rebuilds density in the jawbone after the loss of bone occurs, which commonly results after tooth loss. Although a bone graft procedure may not be a desirable experience, it makes a massive difference in the long-term results of the dental implant process.
Our team offers a bone graft for dental implants when necessary, along with providing assistance and treatment throughout the entire dental implant process. There is no reason to live with the insecurity of a missing tooth or several teeth. We can help restore the appearance and functionality of your smile.

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Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Good candidates for a bone graft include those who are planning to undergo implants for missing teeth, those with tooth loss or gum disease, and those with bone loss. While the jaw and gums support natural teeth, the teeth also help to stimulate the jawbone. When tooth loss occurs, the supporting bone loses its primary purpose, and the process of resorption begins. This process occurs when the body absorbs calcium from the jawbone and distributes it to other areas of the body.
The lack of calcium in the jawbone makes it more difficult to support the implant. Resorption will also mean there is less bone that can bond with the titanium implant and help to solidify a firm hold of the implant. The purpose of a bone graft procedure is to rebuild bone density that may have become lost after the natural tooth was lost.


Signs That Indicate a Bone Graft Is Necessary

There are two primary signs the dentist may look for when determining if a bone graft is necessary.


Thickness of the bone

The first sign is the thickness of the bone inside the jaw. If the bone inside the jaw is thin, then we will likely recommend a bone graft.


How soft or hard the existing bone is

If the bone is soft, then a minor bone graft might be required to strengthen the bone and provide additional support for the implant.


How Bone Grafting Works

There are different types of bone grafts, including autograft, allograft, xenograft, and an alloplastic graft. The majority of procedures use real bone, although a synthetic bone material is used for an alloplastic graft. The steps involved depend on the type of bone grafting procedure. It typically involves taking either natural bone or a synthetic bone material and placing it into the jawbone above the missing tooth through a minor surgical procedure. The bone must then heal and fuse with the existing bone in the area, which typically takes two to three months.
Bone grafting is a fairly common procedure. A 2016 study found that nearly half of 800 people with dental implants required a bone graft prior to implantation. A bone graft is beneficial for patients as it provides additional support to the dental implant. Otherwise, the dental implant placement process may have a higher risk of failure. The bone augmentation can improve the appearance, function, and oral health of the patient.


FAQ's About Bone Grafting

digital simulation of bone graft with implant
  • How do platelet-rich plasma and bone morphogenetic protein improve bone growth?

    Your dentist may recommend platelet-rich plasma and bone morphogenetic protein as a way to help regenerate and strengthen bone in the bone grafting process. Platelet-rich plasma may also increase the healing time after the procedure.

  • What qualities should I look for in a dental professional who offers bone grafting?

    Experience is always an advantage when choosing a bone grafting specialist, but it is not the only factor to consider. It is helpful to have a conversation with the professional and ask questions about their education and training. You can also ask for more information about how the process works and who else will assist in the treatment process.

  • What possible options might a dentist recommend aside from bone grafting?

    If the patient intends to replace a damaged or loose tooth with a dental implant, then tooth extraction is necessary. A dentist may also recommend treatment for periodontal disease in addition to a bone grafting procedure, along with filling and repairing any eroded or damaged teeth.

  • How long does a bone grafting procedure take?

    The length of bone augmentation is dependent upon the type of procedure(autograft, alloplastic, and more.), the location of the bone graft, and various other factors. However, it is typically a routine procedure that does not take more than several hours at most. The patient can return home soon after the process is complete.

  • How much does bone grafting cost?

    The cost of bone grafting depends on the patient’s case, the severity of their condition, and the type of bone graft being performed. On average, bone grafting can cost between $200 to $1,200 per graft. We encourage patients to speak with their insurance provider to find out what their plan covers and learn about any copays that the procedure may entail.