In a healthy mouth, a tooth’s root works to stimulate the growth of new bone through chewing. For patients who are missing a tooth—especially for a long time—there is a lack of stimulation, and bone loss occurs. Untreated tooth loss is a common reason for bone loss; however, gum disease, facial trauma, and tumors can all contribute to loss of bone in the jaws.
For many patients experiencing tooth loss, dental implants can offer an ideal tooth replacement solution. Dental implants are a complete tooth replacement option because they replace the tooth’s root, which preserves the health of the jaw bone. In addition, they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, we encourage you to explore our Dental Implants page to learn more.
Sometimes, the bone loss is too severe to support a dental implant. However, a surgical procedure called a bone graft can restore lost bone and allow many more patients to become successful candidates to receive a dental implant. Bone grafting procedures are also used as a part of other oral surgery treatments, such as facial trauma.
A bone grafting procedure works by applying granulated bone material (or other healing agents) directly to the site where more bone is needed. Over time, this material will become new bone. The material used in a bone graft can be sourced from a tissue bank or even another part of your body.
The type of treatment plan that is right for you will determine the type of bone grafting treatment you will receive. Types of bone grafting procedures include the following:
Bone grafting procedures are used as a part of many oral surgery treatments, including dental implant treatment. Please contact Placer Oral & Dental Implant Surgery if you need a bone graft, dental implant, or have any other oral surgery needs.