I am having a Dental Implant Done. Do I need a Bone Graft as well?

Subject : Bone grafting as an adjunct to placement of dental implants

Among the greatest advances in dentistry over the past generation has been the successful use of dental implants. Implants are placed as a “permanent” replacement for teeth that have been extracted without having to cut down healthy adjacent teeth. While it is possible, in many cases, to place implants in the existing bone, on occasion the bone that remains in the jaw after a tooth has been lost is inadequate to support the body of the implant. In these cases, it is necessary to perform a bone graft in order to enhance the viability of the implant and increase the chance of the implant’s success.

The procedure is minimally invasive and in the vast majority of cases is performed in the dentist or oral surgeon’s office. While in some cases, some of the patient’s own bone can be harvested for the graft, for the most part, bone grafts today incorporate processed bone from animals. This bone has been completely sterilized and all of the organic material has been removed. Only the mineral content of the bone is used.

The procedure is minimally invasive and in the vast majority of cases is performed in the dentist or oral surgeon’s office. While in some cases, some of the patient’s own bone can be harvested for the graft, for the most part, bone grafts today incorporate processed bone from animals. This bone has been completely sterilized and all of the organic material has been removed. Only the mineral content of the bone is used.