Bone Grafting for Dental Implants: What You Should Know

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants: What You Should Know

Dental implants are a popular restorative dental procedure that looks and functions much like natural teeth. However, you may find that you aren’t a candidate for dental implants or that you don’t have enough bone material to place the implant. Your dental provider may discuss bone grafting as a solution. Here is what you need to know about bone grafting for dental implants.


Why Bone Grafting is Necessary for Dental Implants


To place a dental implant successfully, you need a healthy amount of jawbone to place it. Without the bone material, it is possible that the dental implant would fail. If you don’t have enough bone material, bone grafting is a possible option. The dentist puts bone grafting material into where the implant will go and gives it time to heal. If successful, you will be able to have a dental implant placed in the area.


Where the Bone Grafting Material Comes From


There are two primary choices when it comes to selecting bone grafting material. You can harvest the bone material from another part of your body or use special bone grafting material. Most oral surgeons opt for using a specialized bone grafting material, as it is less invasive for the patient. However, bone material that comes from your body may have a better chance of success than non-organic material.


The Wait


Once the bone graft is established, you will need to wait at least several months for the bone to heal before scheduling an appointment for dental implants. Your oral surgeon will likely schedule checkups with you to see how the graft site is healing before proceeding forward. In some cases, where the bone graft is particularly small, both procedures could be completed on the same day. This is less common. Most patients require at least an eight week recovery time. In some cases, more time is required.


Symptoms to Expect


After the bone graft is completed, you may experience swelling, pain, minor bleeding, or bruising. If you experience extreme pain or notice significant bleeding, it is critical that you call your oral surgeon right away. It could be a sign of a complication.


What You Can Do to Help


There are some things that you can do to increase the likelihood of a successful bone graft. This includes maintaining good oral hygiene. Your oral surgeon may prescribe you a special solution to clean the bone graft site with. It is important that you follow the directions you received with the solution to keep your bone graft site clean and infection-free. You should also avoid smoking, as it could adversely impact how your bone graft heals.


Ready to Get Started?


If you’re ready to get started with a highly experienced and compassionate oral surgery team, contact Warren Oral Surgery today at 908-378-9494 to schedule your first appointment.