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Bone Grafting

Not Enough Bone for Dental Implants? Consider Bone Grafting.

If you have been told your bone density is too low for dental implant placement, contact our offices for a bone graft consultation.

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How Bone Grafting Can Help With Dental Implant Treatment

Dental implant technology has taken center stage as one of the premier ways to solve the issue of missing teeth for people around the world

However, because dental implants are surgically placed into bone, enough bone material must exist for them to be anchored in place. When a patient does not have enough bone to support a dental implant, bone grafting procedures may be an option.

Bone grafting is a process whereby the dentist surgically attaches bone material from the patient or a donor source to the site where the bone is needed. As the healing begins, the existing bone will naturally begin to fuse with the grafted bone, forming a stronger overall amount of bone. In time, the bone should be sturdy enough to support the titanium post of a dental implant.

Five Bone Grafting Questions Answered

  • Do I have to use my own bone for a bone graft?
  • Can I opt out of bone grafting and still get a dental implant?
  • Will a bone grafting procedure hurt?
  • Should I take care of the bone grafting site a certain way when I return home?

  • Do I have to use my own bone for a bone graft?

    While bone can be harvested from your own mouth, some people prefer to use donated bone material.

  • Can I opt out of bone grafting and still get a dental implant?

    If Dr. Engel feels that you do not have enough bone to support a dental implant, he will not perform the procedure without a bone graft. However, he may be able to suggest alternatives to dental implants depending upon your situation.

  • Will a bone grafting procedure hurt?

    The actual bone grafting surgery is done with anesthetic, so you will be comfortable the entire time. After the bone grafting surgery, you may experience some discomfort, but usually no more than having a tooth pulled. Every patient is different, so before you leave the office, Dr. Engel and the team will explain what to do to minimize the discomfort, and may prescribe medications for you to take to both lessen any achiness as well as decrease the possibility of infection.

  • Should I take care of the bone grafting site a certain way when I return home?

    Yes. We will provide you with instructions on how to keep your mouth clean and well-managed while your bone grafting site is healing.

Expertise Is Essential for Reliable Bone Grafting Outcomes

It is critical to find a knowledgeable dentist to conduct any bone grafting procedures. Dr. Todd Engel has spent his career focused on all aspects of dentistry, including dental implants and corresponding bone grafting procedures. He is well-regarded as an instructor of the latest, safest techniques in implant dentistry, including how best to graft bone for excellent results.

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