For many patients, tooth loss has also led to bone loss around the empty socket. Without a tooth root to nourish, bone tissue begins to shrink over time. Modern technology and bone grafting procedures have made it possible for patients with bone loss in the jaw to replace their missing tooth with a dental implant. Bone grafting will increase the bone in areas where an implant is to be placed.
Dr. Nova provides bone grafting in our office and will recommend this procedure when considered an important part of your overall treatment plan. The long-term success of a dental implant is largely dependent upon the health and stability of the bone in which it is placed. A bone graft will provide more tissue to support the implant. Dr. Nova uses 3-D scanning technology to evaluate the condition of your jaw bone and to make an informed recommendation that supports the most successful result.
Bone Grafting: what to expect
The bone graft procedure is completed in a single visit with Dr. Nova. There are several types of bone graft procedures depending on whether a tooth is being extracted or has been missing for some time.
- Socket preservation: when a tooth is extracted and in anticipation of placing an implant, a bone graft may be placed immediately to improve bone structure after the healing process.
- Ridge augmentation: if you have been missing a tooth or several teeth for some time and there is significant bone loss, Dr. Nova can expand the jawbone so that it can support an implant or even several implants.
- Sinus lift: after tooth loss, the sinuses can collapse into the area where your tooth roots used to be, reducing bone tissue that could hold an implant. Dr. Nova can perform a sinus lift to raise the sinuses, grafting bone under them to once again provide a stable foundation for an implant.
Bone Grafting FAQs
What type of bone is used for a bone graft?
Bone grafts can be done with bone that has been taken from your own jaw, a tissue bank or may be synthetic. Dr. Nova will discuss the best options for you during your initial consultation.
Is bone grafting painful?
A bone graft is similar to tooth extraction. Patients will likely experience mild discomfort after the procedure, but this will dissipate in the first day or two. We will numb the area first and ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed before we begin the grafting procedure. Dr. Nova will provide after-care instructions to minimize discomfort and support a healthy recovery.
How long does it take for a bone graft to heal?
It typically takes 3-9 months for a bone graft to heal completely, depending on where they were placed and how much bone was grafted. However, everyone is different and some patients may be able to move forward with implant placement sooner.