Bone Grafts Can Improve Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

Dr. Mark Tall can perform a bone graft at his Idaho Falls, ID, practice to restore and strengthen a recessed jawbone. Patients who are considering dental implants may not have sufficient jaw bone tissue to secure the implant posts. A bone graft can help provide a foundation to help you receive permanent, stable dental implants. 

Do You Require a Bone Graft?

Bone grafting is typically necessary if you have suffered jawbone degeneration. This condition often occurs after tooth loss since your dental roots are no longer present to send regenerative signals to your jawbone. As the bone shrinks, it can lead to changes in your facial structure, weakened bite, and further tooth loss. A bone graft can rebuild your bone, adding tissue to areas that have deteriorated. 

To determine your candidacy for a bone graft, Dr. Tall will use advanced x-ray imaging to look for visible signs of bone degeneration. He will also evaluate your oral health and overall health history. Bone grafting is safe, and it can dramatically improve your dental wellness. However, if you have serious health conditions or a compromised immune system, the procedure may be inadvisable.

Dental Implants Candidates

In order to undergo dental implants treatment, your jawbone must be strong enough to support implants posts. Dr. Tall may recommend bone grafting in anticipation of implant surgery. Another type of bone graft, known as a sinus lift, may be beneficial if you are going to receive implants in your upper jaw. In addition to replacing lost tissue, this procedure will reposition your sinus membranes, making more room for the posts.

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If successful, bone grafting encourages the growth of enough bone tissue to support a dental implant. 

What to Expect During a Bone Graft

Prior to a bone graft, Dr. Tall will create a surgical plan and choose from one of several materials to restore your jawbone. Most commonly, we will use your own tissue taken from your hard palate or another area of your mouth. In other cases, however, we will use donor tissue, bone from an animal source, or a synthetic material that is biologically compatible. Because Dr. Tall uses conservative techniques, bone grafting typically involves minimal discomfort. The treatment area will be completely numb, and we offer sedation to help you feel relaxed throughout the process. 

Once the treatment area has been completely numbed, Dr. Tall will create incisions to access recessed areas of bone. He will then carefully place the bone graft and secure it in place. Small posts or specialized membranes may be used to anchor the new tissue before Dr. Tall will close the incisions. As you heal, the bone or synthetic material will fuse with your jaw. For dental implant patients, Dr. Tall will generally be able to place dental implants three to six months later. In some cases, he may even be able to perform implant surgery the same day as your bone graft.

Bone grafting restores strength and function to your jawbone, and the procedure can make you a better candidate for dental implants.

Aftercare and Healing

You will experience some swelling and inflammation immediately following your procedure, but these side effects should subside within a few days. In the meantime, prescription medications, ice packs, and a soft food diet can keep discomfort under control. Dr. Tall will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery.

Learn More During a Consultation

Bone grafting restores strength and function to your jawbone, and the procedure can make you a better candidate for dental implants. Call our office at (208) 525-4780 or contact us online to learn more about whether a bone graft is right for you.

Dr. Mark Tall

Sandcreek Dental

Dr. Mark Tall and his team in Idaho Falls are dedicated to providing an exceptional dental experience with:

  • Comprehensive care
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Family-oriented approach
  • Genuine patient relationships

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (208) 525-4780

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