Bone grafts are sometimes an essential step when getting dental implants. A bone graft can lengthen the process by a few months, so we perform them only when necessary. 

Your Southlake dentist will use a bone graft if your jawbone is too weak or thin to support a dental implant. The tooth bone loss is typically caused by aging, missing teeth, or periodontal disease. If left untreated, the mouth and jaw can begin to sag, and surrounding teeth are prone to breaking and weakening. 

During a bone graft, the healthy piece of bone to replace the old bone is usually taken from somewhere on your body, often the rib. The graft can also be made out of synthetic material. It is placed into the mouth and will begin fusing into the jaw. The bone is strong again, and you can safely start the dental implants procedure. However, we recommend you wait three to six months before we place your dental implants. This time allows for healing and for the bone to fuse with the jaw completely. 

If you are interested in dental implants and would like to know more about bone grafts, call our office today to schedule an appointment.