The needs for a Bone Graft prior to having a Dental Implant depends on what the clinical situation prior to the surgery.
In the event you have a bad tooth that needs to be replaced with a Dental Implant and there is no large pre-existing infection, the answer is most likely no.
However, if there is a large pre-existing infection and there has been significant damage to the remaining bone in the area, sometimes the best decision to increase the chance for success is to remove the bad tooth and infected area and replace it with a Bone Graft. The area is allowed to heal for 3-6 months and the Dental Implant is placed into the newly healed and infection free bone.
Another situation commonly encountered is when the bad tooth and infection has caused mild – moderate amount of destruction to the native bone. For these situations, sometimes the Dental Implant can be placed and Bone Graft can be added to the area to help rebuild the site while the Dental Implant heals.
The simplest way to determine if you need a Bone Graft for your Dental Implant procedure is to come into the office and have the area evaluated by one of our Dentists. They will explain your particular clinical situation, give you all of your options, and aid you in making the choice that will give you the best result possible.