Not always, but three different procedures can accompany implants. Bone grafting is needed if your jawbone is too thin or soft because chewing puts much pressure on your jawbone, and the implant can fail once you begin to eat solid food. A bone graft will strengthen your jawbone using a part of your bone from a different area of your body or synthetic bone material. A few months will be needed for the graft to grow strong enough to support the implant. A sinus augmentation is sometimes required if an implant is put in the upper jawbone, depending on the location of your sinuses. This procedure lifts the floor of the sinuses to give more room for the implant. Bone augmentation is needed if the patient’s jawbone needs additional work.
Bone augmentation is a surgical procedure to replace bone surrounding the root of a tooth, making it possible for you to have an implant if you don’t have enough natural bone in your jaw. Unlike other body tissue types, bone can regenerate in the right conditions. A graft makes this process possible while helping to hold your implant and existing teeth in place. Over time, your bone will grow to replace the graft material. Once the site around the graft has successfully healed and been provided, you don’t need any other supporting treatments; you’ll be ready to have your implant placed. There are many reasons why you may not have enough bone to hold an implant securely in place, but you might need a bone graft if:
-Your teeth are loose or unstable, or you suffer from gum disease. Gum disease can break down gum and bone tissue
-You had a tooth extracted some time ago. The gap left following extraction can sometimes affect the teeth on either side, and the bone can begin to deteriorate
-You’ve had lots of infections in your mouth. This can lead to bone loss over time
-You’ve had an injury to your mouth. The impact could have led to bone loss