We often see patients heading back to the door when they hear their dentists mentioning about bone grafts. Many times patients are not educated properly about the bone grafts. Some of us don’t even know what it actually means. Bone grafting is not necessary in every case of dental implants, but the majority of the cases do. Patients should understand that bone is the main foundation for supporting an implant. Depending on the type of restoration needed, the bone should have proper height, positioning, and width for placing of the dental implant. The bone normally should be at the same level of adjoining bone.

Just think that bone is the foundation for building a house. It should be leveled and solid. The same rule applies for the mouth as well. Once you have a missing tooth or an extraction for quite a time, the bone degrades. The bone deteriorates in width more than height, but both the aspects are involved. If the bone is very thin, there is no chance of placing an implant because the bone will not cover the body of the implant. If the bone is very short, the implant sits very close to adjoining structures. Even if the implant is placed, the level of the bone is not good enough and an implant may become unhygienic. This may lead to the periodontal problem. Reconstructing the ideal foundation is the basic and general rule followed by most of the implant surgeons before placing an implant. So, bone grafting becomes the most important and first step for placing dental implants.

When patients know the significance of bone grafts and the need of bone grafts, the rate of acceptance increases. Patients should understand the procedure first to reduce the chances of denying the treatment. For more information on bone grafting and implants, please click here.