Why a Bone Graft May Precede Implant Placement

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Bone grafting is commonly performed as a preliminary surgery prior to performing restorative dental care such as dental implant placement. Prior to anchoring a dental implant into the jawbone, our dentist will examine the surrounding bone where the placement will take place to determine if there is sufficient density to support the implant. If the bone is weak or lacking, we may recommend a bone graft, and our team can tell you more about the bone grafting procedure.

When a jawbone has been weakened or is too thin, our dentist can provide bone graft material to bond with the existing bone to increase tissue density and ensure the area can adequately support a dental implant. It is necessary to have a strong jawbone in order to maintain stability of the dental implant, and bone grafting can increase the width and height of a weakened area to improve the jaw. We can select grafting material from several different sources, including a separate area of the body, which is very popular method, or a bone bank or synthetic material that is very similar to bone.

Following the grafting procedure, the new bone material can fuse to original tissue and enhance bone structure over the process of a few months. Once we determine that the area is fully healed, you can begin the surgical placement process to receive the titanium abutment for your dental implant.

To learn more about the process of a bone graft in Muscatine, Iowa, contact Lifetime Dentistry at 563-263-9082 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Holly Krystek today.