When is Bone Grafting Necessary?
Loss of bone volume can be caused by a variety of factors, including infection, trauma, and periodontal (gum) disease. If a patient lost a tooth long ago and is just now looking into dental implant surgery, it’s likely that the bone around the lost tooth has degenerated to some degree and needs to be augmented before it can support an implant. A sinus lift is commonly necessary for implants that are to be placed in the upper back corners of the jaw.
Our dentists perform bone grafting regularly at our practice, helping more people than ever benefit from the beauty and durability of dental implants.
A patient’s need for bone grafting may become apparent at the time of their pre-surgery X-ray. Sometimes, inadequate bone volume is not discovered until the dentist actually begins dental implant surgery. In this case, the dental implant procedure will be halted and bone grafting will take place at our practice after the patient has agreed to the procedure.