Will I Need a Bone Graft Before My Dental Implant?

By: Dr. Matthew Hlavacek


If you're considering tooth replacement options to restore the health and beauty of your smile, then you've likely already heard about dental implants. These durable restorations provide long-lasting support for your jaw and teeth so you can continue eating, smiling, and talking with confidence.

At Kansas City Surgical Arts, we're excited to offer a wide selection of oral treatments for Kansas City, MO patients. Our team, led by Dr. Matthew Hlavacek, takes pride in working with each individual to provide custom-tailored treatments for better oral health. If you're curious about dental implants and wondering what the process entails, we're here to provide answers.

How do dental implants work?

A dental implant is a sturdy foundation designed to hold a tooth replacement in place. What makes them so reliable is their structure, which mimics the roots of a natural tooth. An implant consists of a titanium post that acts as the tooth root, which is surgically placed into the jawbone. Over time, this post integrates with the bone, a process known as osseointegration, providing stability for the attached crown.

What is the dental implant process like?

To start, Dr. Hlavacek will perform a thorough evaluation of your jaw's health to ensure you're a suitable candidate for a dental implant. This process might involve x-rays or 3D images to assess bone quality and density. If everything checks out, the next step is dental surgery to place the implant post into the jawbone. This procedure is meticulously planned to ensure minimal discomfort and optimal outcomes. After the implant is placed, a period of healing is necessary to allow for osseointegration. Once the implant is firmly integrated with the bone, an abutment is attached to the post — and finally, the custom-made crown is placed, completing your new smile.

Will I need bone grafting for dental implants?

This is a common question among patients considering dental implants.

The straightforward answer is that it depends on your bone density and volume. Bone grafting for dental implants is often recommended when there's insufficient bone to support the implant. This procedure involves adding bone or bone-like materials to the jaw to create a solid foundation for the implant. By conducting a thorough assessment of your jaw, Dr. Hlavacek can determine if a bone graft will be needed in your case.

What is the healing process like after getting a dental implant?

Patience and care are key during the healing process of a dental implant. Initially, you might experience some swelling and discomfort, but this typically subsides within a few days. It's crucial to follow Dr. Hlavacek's aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. The total healing time varies, with bone grafting potentially extending this period. However, once healed, dental implants offer a long-term solution for missing teeth, with the potential to last a lifetime with proper care.

Excellence in dental surgery

Experience matters when it comes to dental implants. At Kansas City Surgical Arts, Dr. Matthew Hlavacek's commitment to excellence in dental surgery ensures that patients receive not only top-tier care but also comprehensive guidance throughout their dental implant journey. From initial consultation to the final reveal of your new smile, you're in good hands.

If you're considering dental implants and wondering about the necessity of bone grafting, contact our surgical facility in Kansas City, MO today. Let us help you take the first step toward a confident, beautiful smile.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.