Can Bone Graft Be Added 10 Years After Bone Graft and Dental Implant Have Been Placed?

I had a human bone graft and implant done on a molar about 10 years ago.I recently noticed that the bone under the implant thinned significantly on the outside making it possible to reach under the crown. Should more bone graft be added at this point to prevent future bone loss and to give more support to the implant?

Doctor Answers 1

Bone graft following bone loss around dental implants

Bone grafting around existing implant with bone loss is not very predictable and typically does not work. Depending on amount of bone loss, quality of the soft tissue, and amount of exposed implant / abutment, some treatments may be possible- but really requires a careful evaluation. Bone loss may indicate peri-implantitis which can be diagnosed with clinical exam and X-rays. See link below for an ebook on peri-implantitis and treatment options.

Dr. Kazemi


Bethesda Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.