Bone Grafting: A Scary Name but a Simple Process
When planning dental implant treatment, we perform a careful evaluation to ensure enough healthy bone structure exists to support the dental implant post and the load caused by chewing that will exert force on the dental implant and bone.
We use our 3-D cone beam technology to gain accurate information regarding your bone structure, sinuses, and other biological landmarks that might impact the success of your surgery.
If insufficient bone exists, we may recommend bone grafting in our Indianapolis dental office as a solution to make dental implant surgery possible.
Why Bone Grafting becomes Necessary
Losing a tooth can lead to bone loss because the lost tooth is no longer present to stimulate healthy bone. When you chew, your teeth and bone absorb force, which stimulates regeneration. You might also have bone loss if tooth loss was because of periodontal disease.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting introduces artificial lab-created bone into the surgical site to encourage regrowth. While using bovine or donor bone is possible, lab-created bone is more common in today’s dental implant procedures.
A small amount of lab-created bone will be placed in the area where bone loss exists, and it will integrate with your natural bone over the course of a couple of months.
Once the bone grafting site is healed and fully integrated, we will perform dental implant surgery here in our Indianapolis dental office.
Can Everyone Have Bone Grafting?
Most healthy patients are good candidates for bone grafting, but certain bone diseases and medications may make the treatment more complex. It is important, too, to ensure that you are doing everything possible to promote excellent and timely healing by keeping your mouth clean with excellent home care and avoiding smoking and tobacco use for the duration of your dental implant treatment.
So, if you're interested in bone grafting, give our Indianapolis, IN dental office a call, and schedule a consultation today! We're excited to meet you.