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 often replace teeth of different sizes and shapes, so an implant that is wider for a back tooth will take more force than a dental implant on a front tooth that would be more narrow.  If we try to take shortcuts by placing a small implant in a back area, we could be in trouble in the long term.  Your bite force is powerful (300-500 psi).  If a tooth can chip or break, something artificial can undergo the same kind of strain and be prone to cracking.

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

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