Dental implants offer a tooth replacement option that typically outperforms other appliances in terms of stability and durability. However, in order to get the maximum benefits from dental implants, it’s important for the patient to have adequate bone at the implant site. If extensive bone loss has occurred prior to implant placement, bone grafting may be necessary.
This circumstance is common among patients who have delayed getting dental implants for some time and have lost jawbone material as a consequence of tooth loss. Some patients with congenital defects that leave them with insufficient bone in the area may also need a bone graft.
The process of osseointegration, in which the surrounding bone forms a bond with the dental implant, is the keystone of the devices’ longevity. For long-term success with dental implants, it is essential for these patients to have adequate bone material at the implant site.
However, in order to get the maximum benefits from dental implants, it’s important for the patient to have adequate bone at the implant site.
Therefore, patients who have already experienced extensive bone loss or those who don’t have enough bone to begin with may have an increased risk of implant failure, and the oral surgeon may not be able to place dental implants immediately in such cases.
Bone grafting can help these patients still be eligible for this treatment by giving them supplemental bone material at the implant site. The bone may be removed from another site in the body, such as the hip or chin, and inserted at the implant site.
Other sources of donor bone include cadavers and synthetic bone materials.
Patients who need a bone graft prior to dental implant placement should be prepared for a longer overall treatment timeline. The patient must heal completely from the bone graft before the dental implants can be placed. Although the timeline is extended, the needed patience is worthwhile, as it improves the patient’s chances of positive treatment outcomes.
The quality of bone at the dental implant site is an important factor in determining long-term success. Ask one of our oral surgeons if this potential obstacle is going to influence your treatment plan.
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