Bone grafting has made dental implants a more inclusive procedure. There was a time when prior tooth extractions, significant gum disease, or serious head injuries that compromised the jawbone’s structure made patients unqualified for implants; the jaw simply did not contain enough bone to support the procedure. Bone grafting allows us to grow bone where it is needed in order to place properly sized dental implants in the jaw bone and restore the mouth’s appearance and functionality.
If you have experienced a traumatic head injury, tumor surgery, tooth extractions, or congenital defect which has reduced the capacity of your jawbone, bone grafting might be the appropriate course of action for you. We employ bone grafting to repair bone structure and other jaw defects in order to restore the site of your dental implants. In some cases, we also utilize sinus bone grafts in order to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw.
This is not a minor procedure, however: bone grafting requires us to harvest bone from patients’ hips, knees, chins, or skulls, a process which can cause post-operative pain, extended recovery time, and potentially the loss of feeling in the region from which the bone is harvested.