Once your tooth has been removed, the jaw bone will not have anything to support anymore. Over time, the bone begins to slowly erode until a hollow or a basin-shaped divot forms in your jaw bone. If you try to place a bridge or implant in a spot where the natural bone and gum tissue is much lower than the surrounding areas, it’s not going to look right or be stable.

Placing a tooth in an area where the bone level is shallow is going to make you look long-toothed and increases the risk of damage. Bone grafts can help protect the area.

Dental Bone Grafting

Small Bone Grafts –

After the dentist extracts your damaged tooth they will preserve the bone in the area using a simple bone grafting procedure. Demineralized, sterile human bone granules, (that look like coarse sand) are packed into the tooth socket immediately after tooth extraction. The granules are covered with a protective collagen membrane.

After placing the granules, the dentist will close the tooth socket with a few stitches. Over the next several weeks your bone will fill the tooth socket and preserve the bone height.

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Large Bone Grafts –

If you have been missing teeth for an extended period you will often experience advanced bone loss which can prevent an adequate restoration of your teeth. In denture wearers, for example, the lower jaw bone often recedes so severely that their dentures stop fitting correctly.

The jaw bone can be pencil thin in severe cases. These patients can no longer wear dentures and do not have enough jaw bone for dental implants. In these cases, extensive bone grafting is necessary to restore missing teeth and restore the quality of life.

Dental Bone Grafting

The procedure for large bone grafts is as follows:

  • A combination of demineralized, sterile human bone and your bone is used to build up the jaw bone.
  • Your bone is supplied by another part of your jaw, hip or tibia in the form of a small block.
  • The block is anchored in place using specialized bone screws and sometimes plates.
  • Bone granules are used to enhance the graft

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