What is a Dental Bone Graft? Here’s What You Should Know.

If you are looking to have dental implants installed, you may require a bone graft as well. Bone grafting, you will be pleased to know, is a relatively simple and painless procedure, and it will get you well on your way to attaining the smile you’ve always wanted. Our New Jersey dental team has conducted these procedures for years, and we can do the same for you as soon as you are ready. Read on and reach out to our knowledgeable team to learn more about dental bone grafts and whether receiving one is best for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is a bone graft?

Individuals who are looking to have dental implants often require bone grafts when they do not have a sufficient amount of bone in their jaw. Bone grafting procedures, as previously stated, are relatively painless and simple. To start, your dentist will essentially transplant bone from an area where you have more than enough to increase the amount of bone in the area where you require it for your dental implants. That being said, if you do not have more than enough bone anywhere, your dentist can use outside sources, such as processed animal bones, human bone from a tissue bank, or a mineral bone substitute. Generally speaking, if you have enough bone yourself, your dentist will drill into your jaw bone for shavings, which will then allow us to complete the dental implant procedure.

What are the different types of bone grafting?

There are two primary bone grafting techniques. They are as follows:

  • Sinus grafting: This is when your dentist will add height to the bone behind your cheekbone.
  • Onlay grafting: This is when your dentist will place the bone on top of the area where you require additional bone matter.

Generally, your dentist will conduct the bone grafting procedure as a separate surgery from your implant placement, typically several months apart so your bone has time to bond to your jawbone. The other type of procedure will only occur if you already have sufficient bone to place the implant, though you need bone grafting to cover the sides of your implant. In many cases, this procedure will be conducted on the same day as we place your implants. If you have any additional questions or you are ready to get started, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable dental team today. We are ready to help you through every step of the process ahead.

Contact the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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