If your jaw bone is too thin or soft to keep a dental implant in place, then a bone grafting procedure may be right for you. A bone graft will ensure enough bone to safely support a dental implant.
In a bone graft procedure, your doctor may use a special bone grafting material, and graft it onto your jaw bone. The graft creates enough new, strong bone to make sure that the implant will be stable and secure. A bone graft may be done at the same as your implant, but your doctor will make the final decision. A successful bone graft allows your jaw bone to be strong enough to support your dental implant.
Once the bone graft is complete, the rest of the implant surgery can proceed. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to discuss your personal medical history and all the risks and benefits of the surgery with your dental specialist. Once your doctor decides you are a good fit for the procedure, you can look forward to a brand new smile.