It is not unusual for the patient to present for a consultation at the dentist office and be informed at some point in the discussion that he or she may require a “bone graft” in order to maximize the outcome of dental implant surgery. While this sounds pretty scary at first, the truth is that bone grafting is a routine, predictable and painless procedure.
When the jaw bone is missing teeth for a certain period of time or when the infection caused bone loss around the infected tooth, bone resorption, also called atrophy, can occur. This can leave a jaw bone of poor quality and unsuitable for the placement of dental implants.
A bone graft procedure can be easily done to increase the width or height of bone in order to provide the ability to place dental implants securely. This procedure is often done in one visit and will increase success and durability of dental implants in your mouth.