Bone grafting is a technique used to increase the volume of the missing or eroded bone in support of dental implants.
Bone grafting is a procedure dentists use to increase the volume of missing or worn bone. During a dental implant procedure, Dr. Koch sets your new tooth in your jaw. For the dental implant to be successful, you must have the proper amount of supporting bone. Bone grafting for dental implants consists of creating a jaw bone that supports the implanted tooth. Dr. Koch uses the allograft bone (freeze-dried bone) grafting technique, as the foundation for his dental bone grafting procedure.
One of three possible techniques for dental bone grafting, allograft bone grafting uses freeze-dried bone. Do not be alarmed! Using freeze-dried bone may sound odd, but this method of bone grafting is quite common, with bone banks providing the freeze-dried bones for dental bone grafting. Nevertheless, Dr. Koch does not exclusively use the freeze-dried bones for his grafting of bone. Through sterilization and testing of the freeze-dried bone, Dr. Koch creates a freeze-dried bone composite that specifically suits your body. Using freeze-dried bone in the bone grafting procedure causes your body to develop its own natural bone at the site of dental implant.
After an assessment by Dr. Koch, he will be able to determine whether your jaw bone can support a newly, implanted tooth. If you have a reduction in the volume of your jaw bone due to gum disease, injury, or infection, Dr. Koch needs to strengthen and build up your jaw bone, making it strong enough to support the dental implant. The dental bone grafting procedure is essential to the success of the implanted tooth. Therefore, determining if you need a dental bone grafting procedure before the actual dental implant is in place is extremely important.
Most times, the bone grafting procedure is complete within six to nine months. Once the bone graft has healed, Dr. Koch can set the implants in your new, stronger jaw.
Dentists report a high success rate for bone grafting procedures; however, sometimes the dental bone grafting procedure is unsuccessful. Studies show that unsuccessful bone grafts usually center around someone that smokes. When this condition occurs and the bone grafting procedure leaves less than optimum conditions for your implant, Dr. Koch will remove the failed bone graft and reevaluate your options moving forward.
Feel free to ask Dr. Koch or a Family & Implant Dental Care team member any other questions you may have regarding dental bone grafting to determine if it is right for you. You want to understand the process completely, so you can make an informed decision about your treatment and its success.