At Keene Dentistry & Implants, we offer dental implants for patients that are missing one or more teeth as a means to restore their dental functionality and appearance of the mouth, teeth and smile. However, a possibility of needing a bone graft for dental implants can be necessary dependent on patient condition. Undergoing a bone graft for dental implants may be necessary if the jaw bone appears to be too thin or soft to keep the implant intact since a bone that does not support an implant may result in a failed surgery. Dentists at our practice are able to regenerate and grow new bone through grafting procedures as such.
BONE GRAFT PROCEDURE AT KEENE DENTISTRY & IMPLANTS
Before undergoing a bone graft procedure, oral surgeons at Keene Dentistry & Implants require thorough dental x-rays and CT scans to determine the exact location, anatomy and health of the jaw bone. If a bone graft surgery is necessary, the oral surgeon will usually take a section of the bone from another area of the patient’s body and use a special bone grafting material to graft into the jaw bone. During this time the patient undergoes a waiting period to allow the graft to create a new and strong bone for the implant to remain secure during implant placement. We highly recommend a waiting period before proceeding with implant surgery to allow a successful bone graft to support dental implants for a longer period, however it is possible to undergo a minor bone graft procedure at the same time as the implant procedure but this is reliant on patient health at the time of surgery.