When you have lost a tooth, you may experience some degree of bone loss. Since there is no tooth structure to stimulate the jaw bone, the bone around the missing tooth can start to wear away. Over time, the jaw bone can deteriorate to a point where there is not enough bone tissue to support dental implants and the patient may then be a candidate for a bone grafting procedure.
A bone graft is performed to replace or increase the amount of bone around the tooth. It is often recommended before receiving dental implants to ensure successful integration.
The three main types of bone grafts are:
Autogenous grafts – These are taken from one part of the body and transplanted to the mouth. The bone is usually sourced from the chin area and is active material that integrates easily with existing bone.
Allografts – These involve a transplant performed with donor bone from a bone bank. The tissue has been screened for safety.
Xenografts - The bone for these grafts comes from a nonhuman source, such as bovine, and is often needed when the patient requires a good deal of bone to support dental implants.
Bone grafts are usually performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Vance may need to place a mixture of bone marrow and the bone grafting material at the treatment site to ensure optimal healing. Patients will need to restrict their diet to soft foods after the procedure and wait anywhere between six to nine months before receiving dental implants.
Even if you have suffered bone loss, you may still be able to receive dental implants with a successful bone grafting procedure. Schedule your dental implant consultation in Springfield, MO with Dr. Vance today!
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