When a tooth is extracted, your body dissolves a portion of the supporting bone away. In other situations there is not enough jawbone due to periodontal disease, denture wearing injury or trauma. This leaves a condition in which the amount of bone may be unsuitable for placement of a dental implant. In this situation most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
However, we have the ability to regenerate bone where bone is missing. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but also allows creation of an esthetic as well as a functional restoration.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient’s own body, tissue bank or natural source. When the graft is placed it serves as a matrix for your own bone cells to grow. This new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft material. Over time your own newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.
Call our office at (360) 524-4236 to schedule a bone grafting consultation.