Bone grafting is used for various dental reasons, one reason is to prepare a site for dental implants that are needed to replace a missing tooth or teeth and second, for the replacement of bone from bone loss in gum disease.
Bone loss can be caused by:
The loss of a tooth
In an area where teeth have been lost, the bone naturally shrinks or reabsorbs over time in height and width. As a result, new bone must be grafted to create a secure site for placing implants and to achieve aesthetic results.
Where does the bone come from?
For years, the grafted bone required during a sinus lift procedure had to be taken from another part of your body or jaw, requiring additional surgery. Today, bone grafting materials, such as Allografts may be used in place of your missing bone, with no additional surgery required. During the healing process, the graft material is indented to act as a scaffold and be replaced by your new bone.
What can I expect from a bone grafting procedure?
Before your procedure, we will go over any pre-operative instructions you should follow, as well as any specifics about the surgical process.
If you have any further questions regarding this procedure please contact our office. Our office staff is always available to help answer any questions or concerns.