Because dental implant success requires a sufficient amount of bone to support osseointegration, or fusing with the bone, patients with extensive bone loss may not be appropriate candidates for the immediate placement of dental implants.
However, these patients often will qualify for dental implants if they first have a bone graft. A bone graft takes bone from elsewhere in the body, such as the chin or the hip, and places it at the implant site to supplement any remaining bone.
Bone material from a donor cadaver can also be used if the patient prefers not to have bone removed from elsewhere on his or her own body for the graft.
If this treatment is indeed required before implant placement, there is no need to go to a surgical specialist elsewhere, as the dentists at Newton Dental Group are specially trained in this advanced procedure. The advantage is that all is done in one place – with a dentist that you are already comfortable with, from start to finish. No need to hop around from one specialist to another.
Patients need sufficient time to recover from this initial oral surgery in Surrey, as the grafted bone material assimilates into the existing bone. That process takes at least six months in most patients. If you must undergo a bone graft before your dental implants can be placed, you should be prepared for an extended treatment timeline.
Your need for a bone graft prior to dental implant information is determined by a number of factors, including the extent of bone loss, the intended placement site of the implant (bone toward the rear of the upper jaw atrophies most quickly) and the amount of time that has passed since your teeth were first lost or extracted.
Patients whose teeth have been absent for an extended period should ask their Surrey dentist if a bone graft is necessary during their first evaluation for dental implant placement.