Bone Grafting for Implants

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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 Maxillofacial & Implant 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.

When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?

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.

Types of Bone Grafting Procedures for Dental Implants

The various bone grafting procedures designed to address the issues named above are as follows:

  • In places where the walls of the socket are thin, a bone graft may be positioned at the same time that the tooth is extracted in order to assist the body's natural process of filling the socket with bone.
  • If your tooth has been removed for many years, a bone graft may be positioned next to the thin bony ridge to fuse to your natural bone. Your body will then be allowed to heal for as long as six months before the implant is placed. This is a fairly quick procedure and there are various graft material options available.
  • If you have low / large sinus cavities in your upper jaw, a sinus grafting procedure may be conducted. Your oral surgeon will locate and elevate the membrane lining your sinus, then add bone to restore structure and height so that your implants can be placed securely. Often, a sinus grafting procedure may be conducted during the same appointment as your implant placement procedure.

For more information about bone grafting for dental implants, contact Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgeryat (636) 628-2121 to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon serving St. Louis, St. Charles County, South County, Lincoln County and Jefferson County.

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Thank you all for being so kind and comforting…for laughing at my nervous jokes and quelling my fears. Thank you for being so masterful at your jobs. Thank you for lulling me into anesthesia sleep with techno beats. Thank you for everything. Kristen D.