Bone Graft: 3+ Months
If you don’t have enough bone at the implant site, Rancho Mirage implant dentist Dr. Strober may recommend a bone graft to help support your dental implant. In some cases, we can perform a bone graft at the time of your dental implant surgery. However, other times, we will have to perform bone graft as a separate procedure.
Gum disease is a common reason why people need a bone graft. If you have periodontitis, both oral bacteria and your body erode the bone around your teeth. This is a common cause of tooth loss, and it must be reversed before dental implants can attach securely.
Another common reason why people don’t have enough bone is just that they lost their teeth in the past. Once you lose your teeth, your body sees the bone that used to support them as unnecessary. It begins removing it, and there may not be enough to support dental implants.
The amount of time it takes for bone grafts to heal depends on many factors. However, you should count on at least three months for this stage.