Dental implants need a strong foundation to be successful. Sometimes, however, there isn’t enough bone in your mouth to support them — or the bone in your mouth is too soft. Some dentists tell patients they aren’t candidates for dental implants because of this, but not Dr. Carimi! If possible, a procedure known as bone grafting can help create a more solid base for your dental implants. In fact, this procedure can be a highly successful solution for patients in Charleston, SC, who have low bone density.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting thickens and strengthens the jawbone so dental implants can be placed. The procedure features either natural or synthetic bone. If it’s natural bone, it can usually be taken from another area of your body, such as your chin or from a donor. Synthetic bone can be created and integrated. Either way, this procedure is often necessary for patients who would otherwise not be candidates for dental implants.
Why Bone Grafting?
Again, Dr. Carimi will help you determine if you have enough healthy bone to support a dental implant. But, you might need bone grafting, especially if any of the following circumstances apply to you:
- There’s a defect in your natural tooth development
- There’s a crater, hole or gap in your jawbone
- You’ve lost bone around your teeth due to periodontal disease
- You’ve had a traumatic dental injury or face injury
- You’ve worn dentures for many years
- You’ve lost a tooth and didn’t get it replaced
- Proper procedures weren’t followed in other dental procedures
Most of the time, bone grafting is minor and can be completed during the same time as your dental implant surgery.
How Does Bone Grafting Work?
It might surprise you, but bone grafting is actually a normal, low-risk procedure. In fact, it likely won’t affect your daily life as a Charlestonian. If you come to our office for a procedure that requires bone grafting, here’s what you can expect:
- You’ll receive anesthesia to numb the areas being treated and put your mind at ease.
- Once you’re numb, Dr. Carimi will harvest a piece of bone from another part of your jaw or body. Or, he will use artificial bone.
- A small opening is made in the jawbone and packed with the grafting material.
- Dr. Carimi places sutures to promote proper healing.
- Over time, the bone is fused to the area of your jaw beneath the new dental implant.
- Dr. Carimi will give you instructions on the proper antibiotics and medications you can take, as well as an advised diet.
- Once the transplanted bone heals and grows into new bone (which can take up to nine months), you’re ready for a dental implant to be placed!
Bone grafting can help you get the beautiful smile you deserve. If you’d like to learn more about bone grafting and see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, contact us to schedule a consultation today!