Bone Grafting for Dental Implants: All Your Questions Answered

If you have missing teeth, dental implants could be the solution that restores your smile, as well as your ability to chew food comfortably. While dental implants’ benefits are undeniable, some patients aren’t ready for the procedure right away. 

In those cases, your dentist at Downtown Dental Studio, located in New York City’s financial district, first requires patients to undergo a bone graft. Here’s what you need to know about bone grafting for dental implants

Regular dental implants vs. bone graft implants

Dental implants have three main parts: a metal rod placed into your tooth socket, where it eventually melds with your jawbone; an abutment that screws onto the rod; and a crown placed on top to mimic the appearance of a real tooth. 

For people with strong and healthy jawbones, this standard procedure for dental implants works just fine. However, for others, dental implant surgery might fail if the jawbone is too thin or soft to keep the metal rod in place. If that’s the case for you, bone grafting is necessary. 

Bone grafting involves taking a portion of your bone from another area (such as your hip) or a donor, or using synthetic materials, to strengthen a weak bone. In the case of dental implants, that would be your jawbone. 

Dental implant surgery is already a lengthy process with waiting periods, but if you require a bone graft, the process takes a bit longer because you must wait for the bone graft to heal before the implant rod can be successfully placed. 

So essentially, bone graft dental implants are the same as regular dental implants, but with a different procedure and waiting period before implant surgery. 

How does bone grafting for dental implants work? 

There are a few different types of bone grafts you should know about: 

Your dentist will use autograft or alloplastic materials for bone grafting. Bone grafting requires a local anesthetic at the bone harvest site. 

Then, you’re sent home to recover while the new bone fuses to your existing jawbone. The healing phase usually lasts several months. Once your bone graft is healed, you will return for the actual dental implant surgery. 

From there, the procedure works just like standard dental implant surgery: First, the titanium rods are implanted, and you’re sent home again to heal. Once healed, about two months later, your dentist places the abutment and artificial tooth in place. 

To learn more about dental implants and bone grafting, book an appointment online or over the phone with Downtown Dental Studio.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Help! My Teeth are Yellow

Do you have discolored teeth? It’s no problem! There are many options available that can make your teeth whiter, and we will help you find the best treatment program for your current needs.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

When it comes to cosmetic dental procedures, you’ve probably heard of fillings, crowns, and implants. But what about inlays and onlays? They’re a special kind of permanent filling that could help you get the smile you want.

When is Bonding The Best Solution?

Dental bonding can be a helpful option if you deal with mild tooth damage or a general unwanted appearance. But when is bonding the best solution, and why might you choose it over veneers, crowns, or another type of procedure?

Improve Your Smile with Veneers

Isn’t it time you started smiling as much as you’d like? If you avoid showing off your pearly whites because they aren’t looking as great as you wish they did, consider veneers to improve your smile and self-esteem.

What is Tartar?

The buildup of tartar is a serious oral health problem both for your gums and your teeth. But what exactly is tartar? How can it be prevented? And how can it be removed if you already have it?

Common Oral Health Issues in Seniors

Routine dental visits can sometimes take a backseat to the myriad other needs you or someone you love experiences as a senior. However, this is just one reason why seniors deal with so many oral health issues.