The increased popularity of dental implants for replacing missing teeth has led to numerous advances in the field of implant dentistry. One of these advancements, used fairly commonly in implant procedures, is bone grafting.
What is Bone Grafting
Dental implants require a certain amount of healthy bone tissue in the jaw. If this bone tissue is not sufficient, or is not strong enough, our experts in dental implants in Frisco might recommend a bone graft. The bone graft will fuse to your existing bone, providing a stronger, healthier base for the dental implant.
Bone grafts are often performed with bone harvested from another part of the body, or the bone is obtained from a tissue bank. This bone is placed in the jawbone, where it bonds with the existing bone. After the bone graft has healed, dental implants can be placed.
What Makes Bone Grafts Necessary
Not everyone who desires dental implants will need a bone graft. In many cases, sufficient bone exists where the tooth was lost to support the root portion of the dental implant, especially if the tooth was lost recently. In these cases, a bone graft is often not necessary.
If you have worn dentures for many years and now wish to have dental implants, the likelihood that you will need a bone graft is much higher. For many denture wearers, the bone mass in the jaw reduces over time because there are no tooth roots to stimulate its growth. The calcium and other minerals that make up the bone are reabsorbed into the body, changing the shape of the jawbone and reducing the amount of bone available to anchor a dental implant.
If you have concerns about whether you might require a bone graft, contact Renaissance Oral & Facial Surgery at 972-712-5035. By examining the existing structure of your jawbone, Dr. Sharon H. Ornstein will be able to determine if a bone graft will be necessary prior to the dental implant procedure.