Hi, my name is Dr Warren Antonoff, I’m the principal dentist of Lifestyle Smiles. Yesterday Melissa from Brighton asked me, do I need bone grafting for my dental implant? I thought I’d make a quick video sharing my thoughts on this particular topic.
For those who are not sure of what I’m talking about, bone grafting is a procedure done to boost the quantity of bone either prior to or during an implant procedure. So the simple question is, if you don’t have enough bone to place a dental implant, then some form of bone grafting is required.
There are some areas in the mouth where bone grafting is very common. The first location is at the front of your mouth. Usually, the bone around the upper front teeth are quite thin, and because this is also an area where aesthetic is of primary importance, bone grafting is therefore very common here.
Another place where bone grafting is common is around the upper back teeth. In this area, you have the walls of the maxillary sinus, which is essentially a space filled with air and nothing else. So when placing implants around this area, you may need some additional bone height prior to placing a dental implant.
Bone grafting can add to the overall cost of procedure, and we only recommend it when it is necessary. Sometimes if you don’t have enough bone, we might be able to use a smaller sized implant. However, in many cases you can’t compromise, because placing a smaller implant at the back of your mouth where all the chewing occurs you may increase the chance of implant failure or implant fracture. So speak with your dentist to make sure you are not compromising the success of your treatment in the long run with a temporary short cut.
The other way to avoid having bone grafting is having your implants done within the first 3 months of extracting the tooth. Many people don’t know that once a tooth is extracted, you WILL lose 50% of the bone within the first 12 months. So placing an implant as soon as possible, will reduce the chance of you requiring bone grafting and reduce the overall cost for your implant procedure in the future.
Sometimes in additional to bone grafting, you may even require a soft tissue graft or gum graft, if your soft tissue quality is not good enough.
As you can see, a dental implant is not a straightforward procedure, there are many factors to be considered, such as the volume of bone you have, quality of the soft tissues around the bone. So it’s a bit difficult to get an actual quote over the phone or facebook, because every case is unique, every case is different.
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