Dental Implant Bone Grafting, When and Why?

This is one of the most common questions we get.

Bone Grafting depends on a per case basis.  We are often replacing teeth of different sizes and shape, so an implant that is wider for a back tooth will be taking more force than a dental implant on a front tooth which would be more narrow.  If we try and take shortcuts by placing a small implant on a back area we could be in trouble long term.  Your bite force is incredibly strong (300-500 psi).  You can imagine if a tooth can chip or break, then something that is man made can undergo the same kind of strain and also be prone to breaking.

The following photo is a good example of an area where if we tried to have a thin implant to support a new crown could lead to fracture problems later on.  It is often better to rebuild the foundation, let it heal for 3-6 months before placing the implant in an ideal location.

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