After having a dental implant exam and consultation, you may learn that a bone or tissue graft is recommended prior to receiving a dental implant. This is often the case when tissue or bone has atrophied due to advanced periodontitis or tooth loss. Bone grafting is used to repair implant sites when there is inadequate bone structure from previous gum disease, extractions, or injuries. Bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone can sometimes be taken from the jaw.
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Grafting is minimally invasive and provides permanent results, thanks to the advances in technology and the safe and effective grafting materials available today. Through a process called “guided tissue regeneration,” your body will recognize the graft as natural bone and over time will replace the graft with your own native bone. Bone grafting and regenerative techniques can often save teeth that would otherwise be lost.
Bone Grafting and Socket Preservation
Sometimes a small oral bone graft is placed to fill an empty tooth socket after a tooth has been lost or extracted. The placement of this bone graft is fairly simple and usually does not involve an extensive recovery period. The bone graft helps to stimulate your body to regenerate bone at the site of the tooth extraction. Often, a more extensive bone graft will not be required.
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