If you do not have sufficient bone available in your jaw to anchor an implant to, the dentist may recommend a bone graft. In fact, bone grafts and dental implants are very commonly done together. How do bone grafts work, are there risks involved, and what does recovery look like? Here is a look at some of the things you want to know.
How do bone grafts work?
Bone grafting involves implanting healthy bone tissue into the jaw to recreate a supportive jawline structure to properly hold an implant. Bone grafts can also be placed in the socket where a tooth was once located. The bone used comes from a donor, which can either be a human or an equine. Once the healthy bone tissue is placed, it becomes a natural part of the jaw structure. Therefore, it is completely stable for the dental implant and you will not even know anything has changed.
Are bone grafts always successful?
The success rate of bone grafts for dental implants is really high. Most patients do not experience any issues after the procedure, but you will likely be given an antibiotic to take to thwart the risks of infection. Typically, the main reason a bone graft would fail would be if an infection developed and the problem was to go unaddressed.
How long will it take to recover after the bone graft?
The bone graft recovery process can differ with every patient. You will be fully recovered once the grafted bone has fused to your own natural bone, which can take anywhere from a few months to several months. During this period, the dentist will bring you in for several visits to monitor the progression of the bone-fusing process.
Are there risks involved with bone graft procedures?
While every patient will not need bone grafts to get dental implants, many do. Therefore, if you are planning to get dental implants, it is a good idea to get familiar with what a bone graft is like so you know what to expect. Reach out to us at Sarasota Implant in Sarasota, FL to schedule a consultation about implants if you believe you would be a good candidate.