Dental Implants After a Bone Graft: How long will I have to wait?

dental implants DFWPatients who must undergo a bone graft prior to having dental implants placed may face a longer treatment timeline. For the best chances of long-term success, the patient must heal completely from the bone graft before the implants can be placed. It can take several months for the body to regenerate enough bone to support the dental implant.

The length of time that the patient must wait between the bone graft and implant placement will vary based on the implant site and the surgical technique being used. Each case is unique, and your oral surgeon will give you details on the expected timeframe in your case.

Dental implants are so beneficial because they are made of titanium, and the bone in the jaw is capable of forming a bond with that metal. This process, known as osseointegration, gives dental implants their longevity and durability.

However, in order for a patient to be a good candidate for dental implant placement, there must be adequate bone at the implant site to support osseointegration. If there is not, the dental implant may fail. 

…in order for a patient to be a good candidate for dental implant placement, there must be adequate bone at the implant site to support osseointegration.

Dental implant candidates who have already experienced bone loss may still be eligible for the procedure if an oral surgeon first performs a bone graft to provide supplemental bone at the site.

In this procedure, donor bone is inserted into the implant site. The bone may come from elsewhere in the patient’s body or an external source such as a cadaver or regenerated bone. The grafted bone will be incorporated with the existing bone, and after that process is complete, the oral surgeon will be able to move forward with placing the dental implants.

Patients who do need a preliminary bone graft before dental implant placement do face a longer treatment timeline, but it’s a worthwhile investment of that time. A bone graft can improve the chances for success in dental implant patients with bone loss. Talk to our skilled team of oral surgeons at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about whether you may need a bone graft in order to get dental implants.