In order for your implant placement to be successful, you must have sufficient bone structure to support the implant and to absorb the stress placed upon them when biting and chewing.
Your jawbone relies on tooth roots to keep it healthy. When a tooth has been missing for some time, your jawbone is not being utilised and therefore will reduce in size. If this occurs to the point where there is not enough bone to place an implant into, you may require bone grafting procedures in order to build-up enough bone, to hold an implant.
While small amounts of grafting can often be completed within our practice larger defects will require referral to an appropriate surgical facility where an appropriately qualified surgeon can assess and treat you.
The plan is that the graft material will integrate with your jawbone, but it may take between six to twelve months to grow enough new bone to support a dental implant. In some cases, you may need only a minor grafting procedure that can be done at the same time as your implant surgery. The condition of your jawbone determines how you can proceed and Dr Baetz will advise on the most suitable approach for you.
Please note any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion by a suitably qualified healthcare professional.