Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Patients with missing teeth usually require dental implants to replace their missing teeth. Preserving your natural teeth is crucial to maintaining the functionality of your mouth. However, in instances where natural teeth have fallen out, dental implants are your best option for restoring strength to the affected areas.

Some patients are able to have dental implants installed with ease, but some patients do not have the jaw bone strength to support the implant. This is not all that uncommon, and if this occurs our supportive staff here at Pryor Family Dental can perform a bone graft for your dental implants to help reinforce the bonding area. If you are missing a tooth and require a dental implant, we can determine whether you will need a bone graft first.

The Process

Requiring a bone graft is not uncommon among dental implant patients. When teeth are lost, the root can no longer stimulate the jaw bone. Over time, this causes the bone to deteriorate. Bone grafts can help reinforce the bone and give the dental implant a place to rest until the live bone is able to replace the bone grafted piece.

We can use your own bone or a bovine bone sample as the graft material. Regardless of which, we can use one of our three bone grafting procedures to replace your missing bone: the socket graft, block bone graft, and sinus lift procedure. Which of these three procedures you receive will depend on your circumstances and what your surgeon recommends.

Benefits of Bone Grafting

While the most obvious benefit of bone grafting for dental implants is the ability to have the functionality of your teeth restored with ease, there are many other benefits as well. Some of these benefits are:

  • Reinforcement: Eventually, your natural bone will begin to replace the grafted bone. However, until this occurs, the grafted bone will be able to provide support for the dental implant.
  • Restored Strength: When you’re missing a tooth, the jaw bone below your gums will slowly start to deteriorate. Having dental implants placed can stimulate the jaw bone and promote bone growth.
  • Aesthetics: Having a bone graft performed allows dental implants to replace missing teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. Additionally, faces with weak jaw bones look prematurely aged. Restoring the strength of the jaw bone can help you look younger again.

If you are missing a tooth and are in need of a dental implant, Dr. Christy Pryor can help determine whether you require a bone graft first. You can contact us here or call us at 573.323.4287 to schedule an appointment.