When you lose a permanent tooth, it’s common for atrophy (or wearing away of the bone) to occur in the area of the jawbone where it once sat. This thin bone is unsuitable for implants. Luckily, with advanced technology, we are able to regrow bone right where it’s needed using bone grafts. This is a highly safe and highly successful procedure.
Why You Might Need A Bone Graft
Bone grafting is the “building up” or adding of bone to the jaw. This involves taking natural bone from another location (possibly your jaw or hip, or possibly from a donor) and putting it in the location where atrophy has occurred. There are also synthetic bone materials that can be placed here instead if needed.
This is necessary (before dental implant surgery) if you jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft.
Once the new bone has been added, you will be sent home until it has fused with the existing bone and become strong. Depending on the density of the bone and location of the graft, this can take up to 3 months or longer.
Benefits Of Bone Grafting
- Improve chewing
- Reduce soft-tissue pain
- Improve the aesthetics and function of crowns, implants, and dentures
- Prevent future problems that are common with bone loss situations