What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves repairing missing or damaged bone in order to improve its strength. Over time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed, leaving poor quality and unsuitable conditions for the proper placement of dental implants. The bone grafting process repairs implant sites by taking bone from an available tissue bank or your own bone located in the jaw, hip, or tibia.
By grafting this bone together and allowing it to properly fuse, our surgeons are able to provide stronger bases and improved healing time for patients who would typically lack the strength for proper dental implants.
When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?
In geriatric patients, bone degeneration is common as the progression into old age continues. While bone grafting is not required for every senior patient, extreme atrophy can lead to teeth becoming foundationally unsafe, causing them to fall out. In this situation, grafting may be necessary to ensure the security and stability of new implants.
Additionally, patients who have suffered from jaw defects resulting from gum disease, congenital defects, or traumatic injuries can benefit from bone grafting procedures. The extent of grafting necessary varies depending on the condition of the implant site. Major grafting procedures typically require a hospital stay as they are performed in an operating room.
Getting dental implants is a big step towards restoring your smile and confidence. Through bone grafting procedures, our dental implant specialists are capable of improving the quality of life for a broader set of patients who typically would not be able to have implants installed. If you suffer from diminished or inadequate jawbone and think dental implants through bone grafting might be right for you, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.