Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures, they are long-lasting, work like your natural teeth, and are cleaned like your natural teeth. Dental implants will be attached to your jawbone, so if you do not have enough bone in this area, Dr. Sonneveld may recommend a bone graft.
What is a Bone Graft for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacements for your natural teeth. The titanium implant is secured into the jawbone, where it supports the crown that forms the visible part of the tooth. The implant will bond with your bone for lasting results. However, some people may not have enough bone for the implant to bond securely. These people may need a bone graft, a replacement of the missing bone that integrates with your jawbone to form a secure base.
*Individual results may vary
How Does a Bone Graft Work?
A bone graft can be performed in several ways. Your surgeon may use your own bone, donor bone, or synthetic bone-like material. This replacement bone fuses with the surrounding structures, adding enough volume to create a secure attachment point for your dental implants. Bone grafting is often performed at the time your tooth is removed, but can be used even if you have been missing your teeth for a long time.
How Painful is a Bone Graft for Dental Implants?
The details of your bone graft will vary widely depending on your needs. In most cases, a bone graft is not a very painful procedure. However, factors such as the size of the graft and whether your surgeon uses your own bone will affect how much discomfort you experience.
People experience pain and discomfort in different ways, so some people may find the procedure more uncomfortable than others. However, most people do not experience any severe pain, and any pain they do have is easily managed.
What is Recovery Like After a Bone Graft?
Your recovery will always depend on the details of your procedure. The process of bone fusing takes at least three to four months. Your surgeon will provide you with full instructions to follow during that time. When the bone has fully healed, it can hold dental implants, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence.
How Soon After My Bone Graft Can I Get Dental Implants?
Each person’s bone graft will establish itself at a different speed. You can get dental implants when the process is complete, and your new bone is solid enough to hold them. This can take between three and six months. Your surgeon will monitor the progress of your bone graft and determine when it has become strong enough for implants.
While dental implants with bone grafting is a long process, it leads to long-lasting results that will require minimal maintenance for the rest of your life. A consultation and examination allow your surgeon to develop a customized treatment plan for your needs.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about bone grafts for dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.