Missing teeth is associated with bone loss, shrink and atrophy of the jaws. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants.
Today, however, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place dental implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to better restore esthetic appearance and improve functionality.
What is bone grafting?
It is a common procedure that moves bone from other areas of the mouth to the dental implant site in order to enlarge and strengthen the bone structure.
If, for some reason, bone grafting cannot be done with the patient's bone, then artificial bone is used.
Bone can be used both in particulate (small separate pieces of bone) or block form, depending on the quantity required and the area where they are placed.
Grafting is usually done four to eight months before the dental implant procedure, to allow the graft a chance to heal before it is disturbed with the implant process.