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Sep
8

Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Have you been told that you have bone loss? Are you considering getting dental implants, but worry that the lack of bone support will prevent you from being a candidate for the treatment? If that’s the case – a bone graft may be the solution.

Why Bone Grafts are Necessary

If bone loss has occurred due to gum disease, medical conditions or age, it may leave your jaw too weak to support a dental implant. Even though implants encourage new bone growth, it is not enough to independently support it.  In these cases, extra bone will need to be added to the implant site before the actual implant is placed. 

How They Make Implants a Reality

The bone graft comes from another location in your own body, or from a donor source. Once the bone is grafted in to place, it stimulates new bone growth and fuses with the jaw. This creates a denser, higher quality area of the bone where an implant would be more successful.

After the implant is installed, osseointegration (new bone growth that fuses around the implant) takes place. Not only does this permanently fuse the implant into the jaw, but it also compliments the integrity of the bone surrounding the implant.

Having a bone graft completed can make the entire difference between having an implant and something like a denture or bridge. Implants are the longest lasting restorative option when it comes to rebuilding your smile. Find out more about the bone graft process and how it can make implants an option for you. Call your implant dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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