One of the most effective and long-lasting solution for patients who are missing a tooth or teeth are dental implants. While many patients with missing teeth are viable candidates for dental implants, it is possible that dental implants will not be a viable option if the patient does not have a sufficient amount of jawbone available to adequately support the implant. Jawbone deterioration can occur for a variety of reasons, including congenital defects, untreated gum disease, trauma, or as a result of a tooth that has been missing for so long that the jawbone underneath has begun to decay.
Regardless of the underlying reason, when there is not a sufficient amount of jawbone available, it may be necessary to perform dental bone grafting. Dental bone grafting is a safe and effective method for promoting the growth of bone in the jaw through the placement of grafting material over the area that has deteriorated. Once placed, the bone will begin to fuse with the graft over time. This process can take anywhere from four months to over one year. Once the healing process is complete and there is a sufficient amount of jawbone, the dental implant can be placed. Grafting material can come from a variety of materials, but is commonly taken from the patient’s own mouth or hip, depending on how much graft is required. Grafting material may also come from a medically-processed donor or be made of synthetic material.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for dental bone grafting, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576