When is a bone graft recommended for dental implants?

dental implants Long IslandThe decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants requires detailed planning and clinical expertise. During your consultation for dental implants in Long island, your implant dentist will take extreme care to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants prior to beginning the procedure. In the event that there is a risk of implant failure, your implant dentist will suggest solutions that can improve your chances for success.

A common obstacle for most implant patients is insufficient bone support. When bone loss has occurred at the site of a proposed implant, your implant dentist may suggest a bone graft for reinforcement.

It is very common for bone loss to occur when a patient has suffered from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, causes destruction of the gums and bone that support your teeth. When periodontal disease has advanced, significant bone loss can occur, followed by tooth loss. Unfortunately, once the disease has been eliminated, it is not possible for the bone to grow back naturally.

Bone loss may also occur following tooth extraction. When a tooth must be removed due to fracture or decay, the surrounding bone may become compromised as well. A small amount of bone may be lost during the extraction, and your implant dentist may determine that the bone should be restored before an implant can be placed.

According to your unique anatomy, there may be areas of the jaw that are naturally less dense than other areas. For instance, the lower jaw may be thinner than the upper jaw. In other cases, there may be more bone available around the lower molars as compared to the upper molars.

Your implant dentist will evaluate your needs prior to placing the implant, making plans to perform a bone graft where indicated. The bone graft is often planned as a separate procedure, up to 6 months before the actual implant is placed.

It is impossible to predict whether you will require a bone graft along with your dental implant. Call us at 718.544.8787 for your consultation today to find out if a bone graft can improve your chances for dental implant success.