Creating the Foundation for Dental Implants

Tooth loss, gum disease, and oral trauma can all cause complications to the jaw bone, oftentimes making dental implant surgery difficult, especially if a significant volume of bone has been lost.  Because the success of dental implants directly correlates with the level of bone, certain measures may have to be taken beforehand to ensure the longevity and stability of the dental implants.  Our doctors plan each bone grafting procedure to provide the best possible foundation for implants, along with restoring the proper height and width of the bone ridge, if necessary.  We incorporate platelet rich fibrin into our bone grafting treatment to ensure greater success and a faster recovery.

The Benefits of Bone Grafting

Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction.  Bone grafting also prevents other teeth from shifting or sinking into the space, along with preserving facial shape.

Types of Bone Grafts

Types of bone grafts differ depending on the material used:

  • Autograft: a bone graft using your own bone, usually sourced from the hip bone or back of the jaw.
  • Allograft: a bone graft using bone sourced from a human donor.
  • Xenograft: a bone graft using bone from an animal, usually a cow.
  • Alloplast: a bone graft using synthetic material containing calcium, phosphorous and hydroxylapatite.

Our doctors will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each type of bone grafting procedure.

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