Bone Grafting for Implants
When you visit Sugar Land Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, for your initial dental implant consultation, one of the things we will want to do is to assess the quality and quantity of your jawbone through taking a CT scan*. The dental implant post is inserted into your jawbone, and it needs a certain amount of bone to hold it securely in place.
If there is insufficient bone, there is a high risk that the dental implant could fail and it won’t be strong enough to support a replacement tooth. If your CT scan reveals bone deficiencies we will recommend a bone graft for dental implants.
What Is Bone Graft?
A bone graft can be used to build up the height or width of bone in your jaw, and is placed during a small surgical procedure. If you only require a very small amount of bone, it might be possible to insert the graft at the same time as the dental implant. If the amount required is more significant then we will recommend placing the bone graft prior to implant surgery, and leaving the bone graft to heal and fully integrate with your natural bone for between 3-6 months.
Bone Grafting as a Routine Procedure
Even though bone grafting may sound dramatic, the procedure is routine and is nothing to be concerned about.