For a few, bone grafts are required before dental implants due to the insufficient bone. A dental implant is a titanium root substitution. It is embedded into the jaw, and as the bone regenerates, it combines the root into the mouth structure. In any case, you must have a decent establishment for the titanium root to be placed, otherwise, the reestablished tooth won’t look or feel natural, and the implant will fail. Sufficient bone structure is required for an implant to incorporate properly. This is the place bone grafting comes in. Bone grafting is a surgery used to replace the missing bone and give the required support to a dental implant to be successful.
The most common reasons you may need bone grafts prior to dental implants include:
1. Insufficient width
- This may be due to abnormalities in growth, or damage, but sufficient width is needed for an implant to anchor successfully
2. Insufficient bone height
- This is critical as it ensures the dental implant is properly anchored to support the stress of biting and chewing food
3. Insufficient bone caused by the removal of cysts or tumors in the mouth
- If the removal of a cyst or tumor also required the removal of some of the bone, there may not be enough remaining for the dental implant to be successful
4. Not enough bone due to gum disease or injury
- Gum disease and injury can lead to there not being enough bone for a successful dental implant
5. Inadequate bone
- as a result of previous tooth or teeth removal
For more information about dental implants, their benefits and risks involved, visit Prestige Oral Surgery and call today to schedule a free consultation at 732-297-7000!