Bone grafting is an oral surgery procedure recommended when your jawbone has deteriorated or is not dense enough to support your teeth or dental implants. It is most frequently needed following tooth loss and prior to the placement of an implant post, as the jawbone begins to resorb at the site of the missing tooth. Bone grafting may also be needed prior to certain periodontal treatments when the bone has been lost as a result of gum disease.
When you receive a bone graft, our dentist will transplant a piece of bone from another area of your jaw or body to your jawbone. While the best results are achieved using your own bone tissue, artificial bone material or bone fragments from a tissue bank may also be used if necessary. Your jawbone then grows together with the grafted bone tissue to create a stronger, more stable foundation for your teeth.
Our dentist will carefully evaluate your jawbone and mouth, including taking X-rays, to determine if a bone graft is needed to improve your oral health and function. We will discuss all your options with you to help you make an informed decision about your treatment.