The idea of dental implant surgery can sound overwhelming, initially. Yet success and patient satisfaction rates are extremely high, making this a popular tooth replacement solution. With modern bone grafting techniques, implants are a possibility for more people than ever before. Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Stephen Fairchild, and Dr. Timothy Surber bring this option to patients in the Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN area.
When bone grafting is needed
Grafting involves supplementing natural bone structure to make it thicker and stronger. Usually this is accomplished with a special synthetic or animal-sourced grafting material. However, cadaver bone or bone harvested from another site in your own body can also be used. The doctor makes a recommendation based on factors such as bone quality and quantity, area of the mouth, and your age and medical status.
Many patients do not need bone grafting for successful implantation. The tooth is extracted from thick bone, which naturally fills the socket over time. That scenario provides a good foundation for implant placement.
Other people, however, could not consider implants without grafting. Augmentation is necessary in these situations:
- Bone is naturally thin at the front of the arch, so grafting may be needed to support an anterior tooth implant.
- Your bone is soft, which is usually a hereditary factor but can be the result of medical conditions or medical treatment.
- The tooth has been missing for a long time, allowing bone resorption to occur; diminishing the bony ridge.
- Sinus cavities above the upper arch of teeth are large or low, extending near tooth roots.
Post bone graft and implant procedure
The grafting procedure is brief, thanks to precise pre-planning. Often only local anesthetic is needed. A minor graft may be performed at the time of implant placement. Usually, however, we wait several months for the grafting material to solidly integrate with natural bone tissue, becoming strong enough to support an implant.
If you are searching for implants and bone grafting in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN, and do not want to be referred to multiple practices, you have come to the right place. With a full range of implant services, the Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS team is with you from start to finish, even for complex cases. We are the practice other dentists refer their patients to for bone grafting and implant placement. Call (219) 307-4382 to schedule an appointment.