Are you considering dental implants in Norman, OK 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 there has already been a substantial deterioration of the bone, you can not have enough bone tissue to sustain implant postures. Luckily, you could be a candidate for one or more bone grafts that will recover your bone density and you can still get dental implants. Here’s what you need to know about the bone grafting process.
The Bone Grafting Process
If your dentist tells you a bone graft is required before you can receive implants, it’s because your bone is either too thin or too soft to support implants. If you were to receive implants anyway, you would probably end up with dental implant failure. 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 in Norman, OK:
- 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 for implant placement or if you’ll need a bone graft first? The best way to find out is to receive a thorough examination and consultation from Dr. Ben Humphrey. To reserve an appointment, contact Rose Rock Dental or visit us online today.