Restore missing jaw bone with a bone graft to allow for implant placement
When teeth are removed, the gums and bone around the socket often shrink as they heal. This can often lead to a defect or reduction in bone volume. The dentist is able to assess the health of your jaw by using x-rays and scans. If it is found that there is insufficient bone to place implants there are a number of options available and the dentist will be able to discuss these options with you, before deciding on the best way to proceed.
- Expanding the bone to create more volume
- Placing bovine source such as Bio-Oss (link to website – FAQ- what it is etc)
- Removing your own bone from the wisdom tooth area and placing it in the site of interest
- A combination of approaches
In most cases, the successful bone graft surgery will mean that you need to wait for several months while the grafted bone creates enough new, strong bone to make sure that your dental implant is going to be both stable and secure. Sometimes, if the graft is minor then we can do the dental implants at the same time, but this is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Bone grafting restores bone to its previous shape – dental implants require that the bone be as close to its original dimension as possible for optimal results
Bone grafting helps ensure a youthful appearance – without the support of the underlying bone, your face can sag making you look prematurely aged