Dental implants are made from titanium, which integrates with the jawbone for a natural permanent tooth replacement solution. Your jawbone must have enough bone mass and density to support them fully. If your jawbone has receded or lacks density, your dentist may advise you to have a bone graft. This article addresses this and related concerns.

What Is Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?

Bone grafting for dental implants involves attaching bone tissue harvested from other parts of your body or acquired from a donor to your jawbone for additional bone mass and density. The bone graft tissue harvested from your body is called an autogenous graft, while the graft material obtained from a donor is known as an allograft. Suppose it’s received from an animal. Synthetic bone graft is commonly referred to as alloplast.

Is Bone Graft Necessary for All Dental Implant Procedures?

The short answer is no. Bone grafting is a standard oral procedure, and your dentist should start by examining your jaw to determine if it requires bone grafting. However, certain conditions necessitate bone grafting before getting dental implants.

Severe Gum Diseases

Certain gum infections and injuries weaken the jawbone, leaving it unstable. In such cases, your dentist will advise you to go for bone grafting before getting dental implants. A bone graft will restore the lost bone mass and consolidate your jawbone for the successful placement of dental implants.

Substantial Loss of Bone

When you lose a tooth, the jawbone in the affected area doesn’t receive the necessary stimulation, causing it to recede. So, the longer you delay replacing the missing tooth, the further the jawbone recedes. When you finally decide to return the tooth with a dental implant, your dentist will advise you to have a bone graft to restore the lost bone mass.

Location of the Lost Tooth

Certain areas in your jaw have less density than others. For instance, the space beneath your upper sinus is usually hollow, weakening the adjacent bone tissue. Therefore, this part of your jawbone may not have the needed density to support dental implants. So, a bone graft may be necessary before fitting the implants.