Bone grafting can help patients who have experienced bone loss in a location where they’d like to get a dental implant. This procedure can augment the available bone so that the patient has an adequate amount to support osseointegration – the crucial process by which the bone forms the permanent bond with the dental implant.
An oral surgeon can obtain the bone material for this graft from any number of sources. The bone can be removed from somewhere else in the patient’s body, such as the chin or hip. While this source of bone has very reliable outcomes, as it’s natural for your body to incorporate your own bone at the implant site, some people are hesitant to add another surgical procedure on top of the dental implant placement.
Alternatives for bone that comes from external sources include cadavers, certain animals like cows, or even new synthetic materials. Each of these sources has advantages and disadvantages as well. Your oral surgeon will educate you on all of the various options for bone grafting so that you can make an informed decision about the procedure.
If a bone graft is necessary in your case, it does extend the treatment timeline, as you must heal fully from the bone graft before the dental implants can be placed. However, it’s a worthwhile investment of your time as this procedure will greatly increase your chances of long-term success with your dental implants. If you skip the bone graft, your dental implants may fail to osseointegrate completely.
Bone loss typically occurs as an additional consequence of tooth loss, so patients who have delayed dental implant placement may find that they need a bone graft in order to get more stability from their dental implants and guard against premature implant failure. There are a number of options for sourcing bone grafting material, so discuss the pros and cons of each with your surgeon so that you can make the right decision for you.
If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Austin Oral Surgery today!