Bone grafting can benefit patients with missing teeth and those who don’t qualify for dental implants. Dental implants require a significant amount of jawbone prior to the procedure in order to be successful. Bone grafting at the time of an extraction can help the possibility of having adequate bone available for the placement of an implant. It can also help patients who suffer from an atrophied jawbone and are having trouble wearing a denture by supplying additional bone to support the denture.
If you are experiencing gum disease and your oral surgeon has noticed a loss of bone as well, bone grafting may be a good option to restore the health and function of your smile. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that regenerates jaw bone.
The bone graft procedure
The bone graft can be an autograft (the patient's own bone), an allograft (human bone), a xenograft (bovine bone), or a synthetic bone material. The surgeon may also use a collagen membrane as a barrier to keep the bone material separated from the soft tissues as it heals. The barrier membrane will usually resorb or dissolve within a defined period of time.