If you have lost a tooth, but your jawbone is too weak to support a dental implant, it may be time for a bone graft in Ocoee, Florida. If this option has been recommended to you or you just want to know more, here are a few FAQs:
What is a bone graft?
Usually when dentists, periodontists, or oral surgeons talk about bone grafts, they are referring to the jawbone. A jawbone graft is a type of surgery in which a portion of bone is spliced onto one’s jawbone so as to enhance its strength.
Where does the bone come from?
Many periodontists and oral surgeons use bovine bone (i.e. cow bone) to graft onto the jawbone, but here at Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants in Ocoee, Florida, we prefer to use your own bone if at all possible, as your body is much more likely to accept these cells and adapt after the surgery. We also have access to artificial bone material and bone fragments from tissue banks if needed.
How long after bone grafting should I wait before having a dental implant placed?
It depends on how extensive the graft is. Major grafts may need a few months to fully unite with your original jawbone before it can support the implant. For a minor graft, you might be able to get the dental implant at the same time or shortly after your bone graft. Our periodontists can give you a more personalized estimate.
To learn more, call us at 407-378-0877.