When a tooth is lost and removed, bone that was previously supporting the site shrinks away. Much of this happens with in first 6 months, but in many cases bone loss continues over time. Bone loss can also occur around natural teeth as a result of periodontal disease.
What is a bone graft?
For successful placement and maintenance of dental implants, a certain bone width and height is required. In some cases, a bone graft procedure maybe recommended for development of the future dental implant site.
Depending on the size of bone required, the grafting procedure can occur in advance of implant surgery or at the same time as the implant placement.
The bone used for the grafting procedure can be harvested from the patient, other humans, animals or be synthetic. The transplanted donor bone acts like a scaffold in the early stages of bone growth and over time allows patient’s own bone to grow into the desired space.
Bone grafting procedures may be completed with local freezing or in combination with sedation.
During your initial assessment, Dr. Hosseini will recommend and discuss the particular grafting method that is best suited for your oral health.