Bone grafting is mostly recommended for those patients that require dental implant surgery. It might sound a bit scary but it really is a painless procedure. Some people have stronger jawbones than others; however, people with thin or weaker jaw bones should still be able to undergo dental implant surgeries in order to get a beautiful smile!
In the past, it was very common for people that didn’t have strong jawbones to be told they couldn’t get any implants or have any teeth replaced. Their jaws not being strong enough wouldn’t be able to hold the implant as it needs to be drilled into the bone. However, now, with the help of bone grafts, pieces of bone taken from other parts of your body, that is now possible.
This procedure is recommended for patients that might have a weak or thin jawbone, in the case of dental implants, the bone needs to be strong enough to support the implant if no, the surgery might not be successful.
What a bone graft does, is it strengthens and creates a more solid base for the implant to be supported. The way the actual graft is done is by removing a piece of bone from another part of your body like your hipbone and have it transplanted into the jawbone. Depending on each case, the bone graft will need to set in and grow enough into the bone to be able to support the implant surgery. In other cases where minor grafting is required, it can be done the same day as the surgery.
Once the dental implants are drilled into the newly grown and stronger jawbone, the bone needs to be left to heal. The healing process can take up to six months.
If you want more information about this procedure, or would like to book an appointment with Dr. Conner, call (423) 301-2330 and we will gladly answer all your questions!