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Missing teeth results in the jawbone naturally breaking down over time. If the quality and quantity of your jawbone are poor, you may need to have the existing bone supplemented through a bone graft prior to any placement of dental implants.
With a bone graft, our surgeons are able to replace your missing or damaged bone while using your body’s natural healing process to promote bone growth. This provides a strong foundation for the placement of your future implants, allowing you to once again enjoy the foods you love and smile with confidence.
Bone grafting continues to be a highly effective method for repairing the bone structure where implants are to be placed. When possible, your own bone tissue will be used from your hip, tibia (below the knee), or elsewhere in your jaw. In some cases, where necessary, bone can also come from a tissue bank. We also use special membranes that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft and help the bone to regenerate.
Given that a bone graft is a more complex surgical procedure than, say, a tooth extraction, they are performed by our surgeons in a hospital operating room.
In addition to implant-related bone grafts, tumor surgery, congenital defects, and traumatic injuries may also require bone grafts to repair or replace bone defects. Given the nature of the deficiency in these cases, the grafting required may be more significant.
Maintaining the health of your jawbone is extremely important. When it deteriorates, due to injury or missing teeth, far more than your smile may be affected over time. Some of the possible consequences include:
To receive your initial consultation with one of our oral surgeons, please contact your family dentist and ask to be referred.