In order to successfully anchor a dental implant firmly in your jaw, you must have enough bone structure in the area. If you lack sufficient bone density, you may need to undergo a bone graft prior to your dental implant procedure in order to build up your existing bone mass and provide a strong foundation for your implants.
At your initial dental implant consultation, Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox will perform a thorough evaluation of your mouth and take x-rays to determine if a bone graft is necessary. Factors that may cause you to need a bone graft include:
- Infection in the extracted tooth
- Gum disease
- Trauma to the region
- Bone degeneration from delaying to replace a missing tooth
The bone graft process involves using natural or synthetic materials to stimulate bone growth in your jaw. In most cases, Dr. Wilcox will harvest bone material from your chin or the back part of your lower jaw and transplant it into the area that must support your new dental implant. It will take several months for your bone graft to heal before Dr. Wilcox can move forward with the dental implant procedure.
Bone grafting is very safe and yields a high success rate. If you lack the necessary bone structure to get dental implants, ask Dr. Wilcox if you are a candidate for bone grafting.
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your initial dental implant consultation. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale, Arizona.