Some patients require bone grafting as part of the dental implant placement procedure. This is necessary if there is not enough bone in the jaw to support an implant. Consult an oral surgeon from our office at Midwest Oral Surgery about what to expect if you are considering dental implants, including the possibility of bone grafting. We are committed to state of the art care and dedicated to providing all of the answers our patients need.
The walls of the socket will usually fill with bone on their one in two to three months after tooth extraction or wisdom tooth removal. In some areas, however, the socket walls are thin, such as around the front upper and lower teeth. Additionally, if the patient's tooth has been missing for many years and the bony ridge is thin, the bone may be inadequate. If you have large or low sinus cavities in your upper jaw such that the cavities extend into the tooth-bearing region, you may also have insufficient bone for tooth placement. Bone grafts may be necessarily in any of these situations.
For more information about bone grafting for dental implants, contact Midwest Oral Surgery at (636) 628-2121 to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon serving St. Louis, St. Charles County, South County, Lincoln County and Jefferson County.