Dental implants have become the most popular tooth replacement option globally, with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimating that about half a million Americans get dental implants every year. The academy further estimates that about three million Americans currently have dental implants. The popularity of dental implants can be attributed to their permanently replacing missing teeth and stress-free maintenance.

However, the dental implant placement procedure is quite complicated as it requires you to have enough bone to support the implants. So, your dentist will have to check your jawbone’s condition before recommending you for dental implants. If the available jawbone is affected in any way, the doctor will do bone grafting before placing the implants. While bone grafting helps to add volume to your bone, it prolongs the process of placing the implants and the time you take to recover.

Most people are reluctant to go for dental implants because they fear bone grafting. But does it mean that dental implants always require bone grafting? The truth is that not all dental implants require bone grafting. This article discusses some of the reasons why you might need bone grafting before getting dental implants.

Bone Deterioration

When you lose a tooth through extraction or trauma, the underlying jawbone starts to deteriorate, thus shrinking and losing shape. If the missing tooth is not replaced immediately, this bone deterioration continues, making it hard for you to get dental implants. In that case, your dentist will have to do bone grafting to rectify the defects in your jawbone and restore its volume before placing dental implants. That’s why it is important to replace your missing tooth as soon as they fall off. Thankfully, same-day dental implants are now available. So, you can have it replaced the same day it is removed.

Periodontal Disease

Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease affects the jawbone, making it weak and emaciated. If the jawbone is weak, your teeth become loose and fall off eventually. It is also very difficult to place dental implants in a weak jawbone because they will lack the needed support. Therefore, bone grafting is necessary to strengthen your jawbone to support the implants fully.

Teeth Misalignment

You may not realize it, but misaligned teeth cause bone deterioration over time. Whether your teeth have over-erupted or are skewed, your jawbone will lack the needed stimulation to remain strong and healthy. While there are numerous teeth straightening options available, bone grafting may still be necessary to strengthen the jawbone.