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Do those who undergo dental implant generally need bone graft?

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Dr. Richard Stiles
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on the amount and quality of bone a potential implant site has.
Sometimes a site has to be augmented in order for an implant to be successful, and sometimes it does not.

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on the amount and quality of bone a potential implant site has.
Sometimes a site has to be augmented in order for an implant to be successful, and sometimes it does not.
Dr. Richard Stiles
Dr. Richard Stiles
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Dr. Sharon Perelman
If a tooth has been missing for a long time and an implant is going to placed, the surgeon may decide to place a bone graft and wait for 3 months before putting the implant in. In other cases they may extract the tooth and place a bone graft at that time. In this instance they may wait to put the implant in or place it immediately .
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Sometimes depends on what bone is available at the site to support and surround the implant when placed.

In brief: Depends

Sometimes depends on what bone is available at the site to support and surround the implant when placed.
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: About 40% Do

In my experience, for individuals who have been missing a tooth or teeth for quite some time, there is at least a 40% chance that they will require some type of bone augmentation procedure to reconstruct the bone such that a dental implant can be placed.
Even if the tooth is being extracted, a simple socket bone graft should be placed so ensure ideal placement of the future implant. Keep smiling.

In brief: About 40% Do

In my experience, for individuals who have been missing a tooth or teeth for quite some time, there is at least a 40% chance that they will require some type of bone augmentation procedure to reconstruct the bone such that a dental implant can be placed.
Even if the tooth is being extracted, a simple socket bone graft should be placed so ensure ideal placement of the future implant. Keep smiling.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not always

Not every implant site needs a bone graft.
It all depends on the quality and quantity of the implant site.

In brief: Not always

Not every implant site needs a bone graft.
It all depends on the quality and quantity of the implant site.
Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dr. Maryam Chiani
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Much depends on the location and reason for the implant.
More often the grafting is needed in the upper jaw in the back. When a tooth is lost, the bone can collapse, leaving a defect which needs to be rebuilt to have a good contour and amount of bone to support the implant.

In brief: No

Much depends on the location and reason for the implant.
More often the grafting is needed in the upper jaw in the back. When a tooth is lost, the bone can collapse, leaving a defect which needs to be rebuilt to have a good contour and amount of bone to support the implant.
Dr. John Thaler
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In brief: Depends

Not generally, however every situation is different.
If your dentist feels extra bone would benefit you then have it done.

In brief: Depends

Not generally, however every situation is different.
If your dentist feels extra bone would benefit you then have it done.
Dr. Gary Herskovits
Dr. Gary Herskovits
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In brief: Sometimes

Sometimes, it depends on the site where the implant goes a also if a tooth was just extracted.

In brief: Sometimes

Sometimes, it depends on the site where the implant goes a also if a tooth was just extracted.
Dr. Lance Panarello
Dr. Lance Panarello
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Depends

Depends on the skill of the dentist removing the tooth and how much time lasped between the extraction and getting the dental implant.

In brief: Depends

Depends on the skill of the dentist removing the tooth and how much time lasped between the extraction and getting the dental implant.
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. Vikram Likhari
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: -

Not if there is enough alveolar bone to house the dental implant.

In brief: -

Not if there is enough alveolar bone to house the dental implant.
Dr. Vikram Likhari
Dr. Vikram Likhari
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry

In brief: Sometimes

Dental implant surgery and subsequent tooth replacement therapy require both adequate bone and gum tissue.
It is not uncommon for an extraction site to be missing both or either--requiring replacement to insure success. Technology has advanced to the point where these tissues can be replaced relatively easily--often with bone from sources other than you the patient. Ask your dentist!

In brief: Sometimes

Dental implant surgery and subsequent tooth replacement therapy require both adequate bone and gum tissue.
It is not uncommon for an extraction site to be missing both or either--requiring replacement to insure success. Technology has advanced to the point where these tissues can be replaced relatively easily--often with bone from sources other than you the patient. Ask your dentist!
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
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