There are several reasons why you might need a bone graft in advance of a dental implant procedure. Advanced periodontal disease and some tooth extraction procedures can cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth in place.
While dental implants are a common possible solution to replace lost teeth, they will need to be anchored into healthy bone. Your dentist or oral surgeon might require you to have a bone graft surgery a few months in advance to make sure the new dental implant will be strong enough to last for years to come.
During the procedure, a small amount of bone is taken from your chin or a cadaver sample. This bone material is then surgically implanted into your jaw. Over the course of time, your body integrates the bone, which will provide enough structure to hold the implant.
In most instances, the bone grafting procedure can be performed using only local anesthetic instead of sedation. If your procedure requires sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you and possibly stay with you for a day or two while you get back on your feet.
Tobacco use can irritate the gums and even lead to infection. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you might want to talk to your regular physician about a tobacco cessation program.
If you have questions about dental implants and bone grafts, please feel free to call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.