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Do I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant?

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Is there concern over whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants? Many people are turned away from implants because they do not have a healthy amount of bone structure in place.

Fortunately, bone grafts can be useful in strengthening the jawbone so that an implant can be supported. Grafts can come in many different styles. Some types of grafts use bone taking from another area of your body, while others come from a donor or are made of synthetic materials.

If you are having a tooth extracted prior to your implant placement, the graft can be placed at the time of the extraction to prevent additional loss of bone support. Or a separate grafting surgery can be performed. Usually graft surgery causes about the same amount of discomfort that you would feel following having a tooth pulled.

Placing a bone graft into your jaw will help the area become strong enough to support an implant. The graft will fuse with your surrounding bone and trigger new bone growth in the process.

Once the implant is installed, the titanium root will amplify the new bone growth process. How? By a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs when titanium triggers new bone development around it, fusing the implant into place permanently.

Alternatives for traditional implants may also be available for some people with inadequate bone levels. For instance, Zygomatic dental implants or mini dental implants are appropriate in certain types of situations.

See your dentist to find out if a bone graft or alternative dental implant treatment is your best choice. You might be surprised!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

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