Has your oral surgeon recommended a bone grafting procedure before you receive dental implants? If so, you likely have some questions about why bone grafting is necessary and how much time is needed to recover between your procedures.
Bone grafting is an oral surgery procedure that helps improve the stability and longevity of a dental implant by increasing bone mass, which will fuse to the implant and ultimately stabilize it. As far as recovery times go between procedures, the waiting period between a bone graft and receiving dental implants varies. This is because patients heal at different rates depending on their overall health and if any preexisting medical conditions present.
What are the benefits of bone grafting?
Bone grafting is beneficial because it can increases candidacy for dental implants among patients who have experienced facial trauma and bone deterioration. A bone graft can also restore the shape of a patient’s jaw line in addition to improving the success of a dental implant’s stabilization.
Why is bone mass so important to the success of a dental implant?
In addition to being constructed from durable materials, a dental implant relies on bone mass for its stability. An implant is made from titanium, a unique metal that is compatible with the body’s tissues. Like the root of a tooth, a titanium implant is embedded into the jawbone where surrounding bone tissue will fuse to and around the implant to hold it in place. The process of bone fusing to metal is what makes an implant long lasting and durable.
If I want dental implants, what should I do next?
If you have lost a tooth or have failing teeth and are curious about whether dental implants are right for you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. At your appointment, our team will perform an oral examination to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure and answer any questions you might have.
Call Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 405-624-1300 today to reserve an appointment.