Restore Your Candidacy for Implants with a Dental Bone Graft

Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to having a full set of healthy, natural teeth. Following tooth loss, bone tissue in the jaw will begin to recede, eventually affecting dental implant candidacy. At our Kenilworth, IL, dental practice, Dr. Art Carpenter and Dr. Sejal Jobalia offer preparatory procedures including bone grafts and sinus lifts, which can restore strength and integrity to your jaw and create a strong foundation for dental implants. While a dental bone graft will add time to your implant treatment timeline, dental implants are a true investment into your long-term oral health.

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A bone graft can restore the integrity of your jawbone and your candidacy for dental implants.

Do I Need a Bone Graft?

As dental implants rely on the jawbone for support, you must have sufficient bone tissue in the implantation area. If you have waited to address a lost tooth and have experienced bone atrophy, you may require a bone graft. During your initial consultation, Dr. Carpenter can assess the health and strength of your jaw using computed tomography (CT) scans or other advanced images. He can then determine whether or not you require preparatory procedures for a successful implant surgery

For your convenience, our doctors can perform all aspects of implant treatment in-house, guiding you from your preliminary procedure through your recovery. 

Types of Bone Grafts

During a bone graft procedure, bone is harvested from another part of the mouth or from a donor source. Depending upon your needs, we can also incorporate synthetic material. After inserting the bone tissue into the tooth socket, the tissue begins to integrate with the jawbone and promote bone regrowth. There are three main types of dental bone grafts, including:

  • Alveolar Ridge Preservation Graft: Also known as a socket graft, this procedure is used to fill the void left by a tooth extraction. A ridge graft is inserted directly into the empty socket and typically requires three to six months of healing before implant placement.
  • Autogenous Ramus/Chin Graft: This type of graft is also called a block bone graft as it involves harvesting a block of live bone, about one centimeter squared, from the patient and transferring it to the deficient area. The block is usually obtained from the lower jaw or from the chin. Patients typically need about four months for the graft to fuse before placing an implant.
  • Subantral Graft: When teeth are lost from the upper jaw, there is a chance that the maxillary sinus will expand to fill any resulting empty space. In such cases, a subantral graft, or sinus lift procedure is required to create space for a dental implant. Not all sinus lift procedures involve bone grafting, though it is often necessary to prevent the sinuses from dropping a second time. Sinus lifts typically require a period of four to nine months to heal before implant placement. 

Before treatment, our team can review your options and recommend the most appropriate type of graft for your needs.

Promote Implant Stability

Before undergoing implant surgery, it is important to have a stable base for implant posts. For your convenience, our doctors can perform all aspects of implant treatment in-house, guiding you from your preliminary procedure through your recovery. To find out more about dental implants and the unrivaled support they provide, contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004 and schedule a consultation today. 

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