Dental Implants and Bone Grafting
Dental implants involve a number of steps. For some patients, bone grafting may be necessary in order to maximize the success of their dental implant surgery. While it might sound intimidating, bone grafting is now a relatively routine procedure and it is not as complex or “surgical” as it sounds.
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Why Bone Grafts are Needed
Some patients may not have enough healthy, natural bone to support their new dental implants. Because a surgeon needs at least 1mm of bone around the gums to apply the implant, and 2 to 3mm when the implant is being placed next to a natural tooth or another implant, bone grafts are very common for patients receiving implants.
Individuals opting for dental implants because of previous tooth decay are often the patients that require grafts first.
Other reasons a patient may need bone grafts prior to receiving their implants include:
• Gum disease
• Development defects of the tooth
• Denture damage
• Spaces that have been left from removed teeth
• Injury to the face or mouth
The Types of Bone Grafts
Bone grafts are used to increase the volume of bone available in the jaw. The procedure is done a while before your dental implants procedure to ensure the bone can heal and solidify. Healing times will vary depending on the amount of bone used and the patient’s health. For implants, there are four types of grafts used:
1. Autograft – Bone used from your body
2. Allograft – Bone used from a genetically similar organism
3. Xenograft – Bone used from a dissimilar organism
4. Synthetic – Bone used from biocompatible material
Does It Hurt?
The pain from a bone graft is not severe. You may experience similar discomfort and minor pain that you would with any other oral procedure. You will be able to manage the pain and swelling with prescribed pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications. Most patients only feel minor pain and discomfort for 24 to 48 hours.
Bone grafts may be a necessary step in a successful dental implant procedure for you. With proper dental care, you will have implants that can last for the rest of your life and give you back the smile you have always wanted.
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