One of the most common procedures to accompany the placement of a dental implant is bone grafting. When teeth are lost and not replaced promptly, the underlying jaw bone (alveolar bone) will begin to resorb. This process of the bone slowly “melting away” results in a lack of sufficient bone volume to place a dental implant. A similar situation can occur from advanced, untreated, periodontal (gum) disease, fractured teeth, root canal infection, and other similar situations. If any of these situations exist, it is more likely that the patient will need a bone graft either before or during the implant procedure to ensure the long-term success of the implant.
During your consultation, Dr. Martin or Dr. Appelblatt will carefully review your existing bone structure and mass. They will then provide you with a recommended course of action based on your specific circumstances and needs. If bone grafting is recommended for you, the doctors will be happy to address any questions or concerns you might have about the procedure. As always, if you have any questions that we can answer over the phone, please don’t hesitate to call us.