Bone Grafting for Dental Implant Surgery in Delray Beach, FL
The position of a dental implant after tooth extraction is very important. This means that the dimensions of the bone need to be correct in order for the implant to have the perfect restorative outcome. Every patient is different, but in many dental implant cases, a bone graft is required.
What is a Bone Graft?
Your oral surgeon will determine the prognosis for your implant procedure and decide whether or not your existing bone is suitable. If the surrounding bone is not suitable for the implant procedure, a bone graft may be suggested. A bone graft is a minor surgical procedure that starts with an incision into your gum. The graft will create a more solid foundation for the dental implant. The bone grafting procedure is done by using a piece of bone from a patient’s jaw, hip or tibia, or made from a synthetic substance in order to transplant it into the area needed for the implant to be placed. This procedure will allow your body to replace the graft with its own bone until it is suitable enough to support the implant.
Does a Bone Graft Hurt?
This procedure typically requires local anesthesia. For those who have high dental anxiety or fear, oral or IV sedation may be required. After your bone graft surgery, you may experience soreness in the area which is typically treated with over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Any discomfort usually only lasts for a couple of days.
How Long After Bone Grafting Until I Get Implants
If you only require minor bone grafting, an implant can usually be placed in the same day as your bone graft. However, if you require extensive bone grafting, it can take upwards of nine months until your body creates new bone from the procedure.
What Are the Benefits of a Bone Grafting Procedure?
When bone loss occurs, you are more likely to have a “sagging” face which results in an older looking appearance. Dental implants can essentially reverse this look when placed properly. As stated above, a bone graft procedure will allow the implant to be placed properly for maximum results. The bone grafting process strengthens your jaw allowing for an increase in support to your facial features.
If you have questions about bone grafting, dental implants, or any other advanced dental procedures, please call us at 561-495-2099 or visit our contact page and a dental professional will get back to you. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile to fit your lifestyle!