Do I Need a Bone Graft Before Receiving a Dental Implant?

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When you have decayed or damaged teeth or have experienced tooth loss, Dr. Darren K. Dickson offers procedures that help restore a smile. Dental implants in Plano, TX have been proven to be a solution for tooth loss. At My Dentist in Plano, our dental team will perform a thorough dental exam to look at your teeth and gums to determine whether implants are a viable option. Next, we will decide if you need a bone graft for your implants to hold in place successfully. Ultimately, dental implants are a great tooth replacement option because of how they function and how long they last.

How are dental implants placed?

At My Dentist in Plano, Dr. Dickson surgically inserts a dental implant into your jawbone. Osseointegration is an important healing process where the implant must fuse with the bone to create a strong foundation for the dental implant. Your dental implants will function like natural teeth. The titanium post used is a root replacement that once supported your missing or decayed tooth. This makes dental implants a long-term solution for tooth loss in Plano, TX.

What is a dental bone graft?

Dr. Dickson uses a 3-D CT scanner to plan your implant procedure. During bone grafting, we place a donor bone in place so you can get dental implants successfully. This graft promotes new bone cell growth, which helps you produce enough healthy bone to support your implant. For patients who don’t grow enough bone, the implant and bone graft are then placed together.

You may be a good candidate for bone grafting when you have:

  • Bone loss due to advanced gum disease

  • Tooth loss

  • Significant trauma

We recommend bone grafting almost immediately after an extraction to help strengthen the area before a dental implant is placed. Ultimately, while bone grafting does postpone your dental implant procedure, it allows it to be more successful.

What happens during bone grafting?

The process for a bone grafting procedure depends on the source of the graft and how much of it is needed. We can use donor tissue, synthetic bone grafts, or even take bone from another place in your body, such as your hip, chin, or shin. During a consultation, we will explain your grafting options and help you choose the best one for your oral health situation.

When your graft is ready, we will numb the area with local anesthesia. We will make an incision that allows us to secure the graft to your jawbone. Your incision is stitched closed and given about 6 – 9 months to heal fully.

What to expect after a dental bone graft

After dental bone grafting, you may experience discomfort and swelling. It can take several months for your graft to heal and integrate with your jaw properly. Follow-up appointments are vital for our dental team to check your progress and to determine when your jawbone is strong enough to start the dental implant procedure.

Learn how dental implants can restore a smile

At My Dentist in Plano, we specialize in helping patients in Plano, Richardson, Frisco, and Dallas,TX achieve a smile they’re confident with. Dental implants can help restore function to missing teeth in a smile. During a consultation, Dr. Darren K. Dickson can determine whether you’re a viable candidate for them and if you need bone grafting. To learn more about dental implants and bone grafting, call our office in Plano, TX to schedule an appointment today.

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