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Dental Bone Grafting
When you lose teeth or develop the more severe forms of periodontal disease, the bone tissue in your jaw begins to degrade. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide bone grafting to help you regain enough healthy bone tissue to support an implant or other restoration. We welcome you to call our practice today for more information about bone grafting and to schedule your consultation with one of our surgeons.
What is an Oral Bone Graft?
A bone graft is an oral surgery procedure that may be required if your jawbone is not dense or thick enough. During a bone graft, we will transplant a piece of bone from another area of your jaw or your body to your jawbone. While we typically see best results with bone taken from your own body, we can also utilize artificial bone material or bone fragments from a tissue bank if needed. Your jawbone then grows together with the grafted bone tissue, creating a stronger, more stable foundation.
Bone Grafts for Extractions and Implants
You may need a bone graft if your bone density is insufficient to support a dental implant or another type of treatment. While bone grafts are most commonly needed for implant dentistry, they may also be required for certain types of periodontal therapy when the bone has been lost due to gum disease. If your jawbone is not strong or thick enough to support a dental implant, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon may recommend a bone graft. After a tooth is lost or extracted, the jawbone begins to resorb or deteriorate, at the site of the tooth extraction. This must be corrected before the dental implant is placed.
To learn more about bone grafting and to discover whether dental implants and bone grafting are right for your smile, we invite you to call or visit us today. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are eager to care for your smile!