Occasionally, when a tooth has been missing for an extended period of time or if the bone surrounding a tooth being extracted has defects, bone grafting is required in order to accommodate the placement of an implant. The exact nature of this process depends on each individual case; however, most cases generally require the addition of the bone graft itself and a barrier membrane to protect the graft from ingrowth of the gum tissue. Provided that there is no active infection present in the area, we usually prefer to do this procedure when a tooth is extracted. That said, certain cases require gum tissue healing prior to returning to the area to place the graft.
Depending on the nature of each individual procedure, patients can usually expect healing times in the 4-6 month range before implant placement can take place. In certain cases, this grafting can be combined at the time of implant placement, which can shorten the overall treatment time. As with many other treatments, there are several variables that need to be considered prior to moving forward, so we work with each patient to review all options and determine which is right for each case.
If you think you might need bone grafting, call us today for a consultation.