Tooth loss causes the jawbone to slowly disintegrate and lose its shape. Patients who wait to seek implant dentistry following tooth loss may have a weak jawbone that cannot support dental implants. A bone augmentation procedure is necessary to build up a weak jawbone. The bone graft is one of the most common surgeries preceding dental implants. You and our implant dentist in Carlisle near Newville, Dr. Thomas Neslund, can thoroughly discuss your need for bone augmentation before dental implants.
In implant dentistry, a bone graft adds bone tissue to an area where the jawbone is weak or where there is insufficient bone structure to support the dental implant. The replacement bone tissue may come from another part of your body, like the back of the jaw, the shin, or the hip. This type of bone graft is known as an allograft. Donor bone tissue can also come from cadavers or even cows. Synthetic tissue is another alternative. The type of bone graft you receive depends on the amount of bone tissue needed, the health of your bone, and your personal preference.
If you want to have your teeth replaced with an implant-retained prosthetic but are told you need a bone graft procedure before, do not be discouraged. You can enjoy the stability and improved oral health that dental implants provide -- the process will just take a little longer.
Dental implants have more than a 95 percent success rate in eligible candidates. One requirement of dental implants is a healthy jawbone. They need sturdy, strong bone matter for proper anchoring. A bone graft is performed when significant jawbone structure has been lost as a result of the missing teeth, or existing bone may be weak.
A bone graft procedure is completed by an oral surgeon using local anesthesia at the donor site as well as in the gum. First, the surgeon removes tissue from the donor site (for an allograft). A small slit is opened in the gum tissue, and this block of donor bone is placed in the area lacking bone matter. The new bone is held in place with small screws which are removed after the bone graft has healed and dental implants are ready for placement.
After the bone graft has been performed, healing will take place over several months. A typical bone graft requires six to nine months to heal. Patients who need a bone augmentation procedure before receiving dental implants should expect longer treatment times for proper healing following the bone graft.
Are you searching “dentist near me” for a professional who can replace your missing teeth? If you’re in Carlisle, Boiling Springs, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, or surrounding Pennsylvania communities and would like to learn more about bone grafting, contact Carlisle Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We’ll gladly discuss this option and other solutions with you to help you find the best fit for your smile.