What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is essential for patients who have areas of bone loss around the jaw. Bone loss can often occur as a result of a variety of different conditions. From gum disease to having had extractions done, bone loss can cause your face to look sunken-in and make implants difficult or even impossible to place. Bone grafting can easily be done in our office when and if they are needed.

Why is Bone Grafting needed?

Bone grafting aims to accelerate bone formation where needed. It will help maintain the shape of your face and is essential to support dentures, bridges and implants.

Who is a candidate for Bone Grafting?

To determine if you might need bone grafting done, we will do a detailed exam and take x-rays. X-rays are necessary to check the shape and height of the bone, and tomography can show how dense and strong the bone is. We will consult with you to determine the best course of action when placing the bone and having the procedure done in our office.

What happens during Bone Grafting?

The first step is to determine if you need a bone graft. The bone graft is done alone or right after the tooth extraction, with local anesthesia. It will take months for the bone to be healed and fused with the surrounding area, so a temporary denture (complete or partial) is recommended. Then you will return to the office and continue with your treatment  for implants, final dentures, or bridges.

If you think you might benefit from bone grafting, call our office today and we will be more than happy to further assist you in answering your questions.