Prior to placing dental implants, it is necessary for the dentist to complete a thorough assessment of the health and level of jaw bone present. If you have been wearing dentures for a long time, there may not be sufficient jaw bone left for the dental implants to securely attach to, increasing the risk of the dental implants failing. If this is the case, you may need to have a bone graft prior to dental implant treatment.
A bone graft can provide a great foundation to support dental implants. It adds volume to the implant placement areas, using artificial bone chips or reallocated bone, that will blend seamlessly into the jaw and blood vessels over a period of time. The procedure can be completed in surgery and allows you to continue with the next stage of treatment.
Bone grafting is a safe and effective way to ensure adequate jawbone density in preparation for dental implant placement.