In order for a dental implant procedure to be successful, you must have enough bone left at the site of your missing tooth to support an artificial root. Unfortunately, the longer a tooth has been missing, the less bone is likely to be available, since a process called resorption begins to dissolve your bone once you lose a natural tooth. Thankfully, even if you do not have enough bone density to support dental implants, it is often possible to perform a bone graft to supplement the amount of bone at the site of your missing tooth.
Bone grafting allows Dr. Wilcox to stabilize the segment of bone that holds your teeth in place – also known as the “alveolar ridge” – and fill in any structural defects in your jawbone before dental implant surgery.
Bone grafting for dental implants has a very high success rate, but if you smoke or have certain chronic medical conditions, you may have a slightly greater chance of failure than other patients. After thoroughly examining your teeth and reviewing your medical history, Dr. Wilcox will discuss what a bone graft can accomplish in your unique case, and the chances of success.
If you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Glendale, Arizona and have further questions about bone grafting, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Glendale dental implants team.