Why Do You Need Bone Grafting?
It’s possible to lose bone in your jaw to a variety of causes. Two of the most common are:
- Periodontal disease. The plaque that develops on your teeth can spread below the gum line. This can create an inflammatory response that breaks down the tissues and bone that support the teeth.
- Resorption. When you lose a tooth, your body may begin to resorb the bone that held the tooth in place, leaving behind a weakened foundation.
Each of these causes may require a different bone grafting technique. Union Oral Surgery’s doctors have extensive experience in these procedures and can create a treatment plan based on your needs.
Part Of Your Dental Implant Treatment
Patients start by visiting our practice for an initial consultation. If you are exploring solutions for restoring your teeth, your appointment will begin with our implant treatment coordinator (ITC). She will talk with you about procedures, review options that may work for your needs, and answer the questions you have related to treatment.
In the second part of your appointment, you and your doctor will have the time to get to know one another and to talk about the concerns you are having. The doctor will also conduct a thorough examination and discuss treatment, which may include dental implants or implant-supported bridges.
Before conducting the restorative procedure, however, your doctor may recommend bone grafting. Grafts usually need 2-4 months to heal and bond with the existing bone before they are ready to accept implants. Often, you can receive bone grafts at the same time as other procedures.