A bone graft may be necessary if you have an inadequate volume of bone necessary to support a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. At WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the team of experts offers bone grafts as an advanced surgical procedure. If you’ve been told you aren’t a candidate for dental implants because of bone atrophy, call the office or schedule online to learn about how grafting can help.
Patients missing teeth due to decay or accident benefit from dental implants that are placed directly into the jawbone to mimic a natural tooth. Implants are successful cosmetically and functionally, but you can only qualify for one if you have adequate bone and healthy gums. If you don’t have enough bone volume – or it’s too thin or too soft – the implant surgery might fail.
Grafting restores your bone levels and health in your jaw, making an implant possible.
Atrophy can occur when you have had a missing tooth for a while – it no longer stimulates the bone to regenerate. In these cases, you lose bone in a process known as resorption. As you age, you also naturally lose some bone.
If you have limited bone available in your jaw, the doctors at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists uses a bone graft to rebuild the jaw and install the implant.
Depending on the location and the amount of tissue needed, the doctors may obtain the necessary tissue from your bones, a tissue bank, or a substitute synthetic material. The team carefully reviews your health and case to determine the best option for you.
If you need a small graft, a freeze-dried bone from a bone bank is usually your best option. The sample is mixed with a ceramic material that has the same mineral components as natural bone.
If you have a need for a large bone graft, the doctors may take bone from another part of your body to place in your jaw. Your body is more likely to accept living bone from your body, rather than from a donor.
Once your graft is performed, recovery takes 4-8 months. After the healing process is complete and the bone integrated, the doctors place the implant. In some cases, you can have a graft and implant performed at the same time.
To find out more about bone grafts and your oral health, call WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists or schedule an appointment using the online tool.