Are you considering dental implants in Peachtree City, GA for your missing teeth? Dental implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that’s performed in several steps. Each step can take a few weeks or months, depending on how quickly the surgical site heals. Dental implant posts replace the roots of your missing teeth and stimulate the jaw bone to prevent bone degradation. However, if significant bone degradation has already occurred, you may not have enough bone tissue to support implant posts. Fortunately, you may be a candidate for one or more bone grafts that can restore your bone density so you can still receive dental implants. Here’s what you should know about the bone grafting procedure.
The Bone Grafting Process
If your dentist tells you a bone graft is required before you can receive dental implants, it’s because your jaw bone is either too thin or too soft to support implants. If you were to receive implants anyway, the surgery would almost certainly fail. Applying a bone graft to the area beforehand can strengthen the bone and provide a solid, supportive base for the implant. Here’s what to expect from the bone grafting procedure:
- The receded site is surgically uncovered
- A piece of bone (from another part of your body or from an outside source) is placed in the receded area
- The area is covered back up and allowed to heal
Once the bone graft has healed sufficiently, you can receive dental implant placement. In some cases, only minor bone grafting may be needed, while in other cases multiple bone grafts may be required to build up the bone sufficiently in preparation for implants.
Schedule Your Appointment
Are you wondering if you’re a good candidate dental implants or if you’ll need a bone graft in Peachtree City, GA first? The best way to find out is to receive a thorough examination and consultation from Dr. Paul Anderson. To schedule an appointment, call Peachtree Oral & Facial Surgery at (678) 369-4081 or visit us online today.