Sometimes, patients simply don’t have enough bone volume.
An implant works as an artificial (replacement) tooth root which is then attached to a prosthetic device. For implant treatment to be successful, you need enough bone in the area for the implant to hold. However, if you have missing or badly damaged teeth, your facial bones may have shrunk, and there may not be enough bone for implant treatment.
A bone graft procedure is a common way to add bone volume before your implant placement. After your initial assessment and x-rays, your dentist will recommend the best bone graft method for you.
Times have changed. For the better.
Bone grafting often has a negative connotation because it was previously associated with drilling bone from a donor site outside the mouth such as the hip bone. However, these days bone grafting procedures are very simple and are not associated with significant discomfort and swelling.
The grafting procedure
The dentist gains access to high-quality bone at the back of the mouth using a micro-incision. They then mix the natural bone with artificial bone materials and apply it to the implant site area. Adequate bone quantity is necessary for long term implant health.
Your recovery: what to expect
Usually, the recovery for bone grafting is no different from having an implant placed. There may be some slight increase in swelling which is to be expected and totally normal. Any discomfort and swelling that you may feel can be effectively managed with analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications.