Conditions for successful dental implants require a certain amount of healthy bone to hold them in place. When teeth have been missing for a long period of time bone dissolves away due to lack of use even if you wear dentures. But it is possible to rebuild bone by a procedure called bone grafting.
Bone grafting is a procedure that replaces lost bone using bone from the patient’s own body or from a synthetic source.
In cases where there is too little bone to hold an implant, the addition of bone through bone grafting will be performed first. Then after several months of healing, the implant(s) can be placed into the new bone.
We may recommend bone grafting in cases where:
- The jawbone needs more support for dental implants
- Teeth have been lost due to accident, trauma or disease
- Destruction of the bone has been caused by advanced periodontal disease
- Removable dentures have caused bone loss
- The bone surrounding any of the patients teeth has diminished
- Extraction of a tooth is necessary