In order to have a successful dental implant, you must have a sufficient amount of bone in the jawbone to support the implant or implants. If the bone under the gum is not wide, dense or long enough, then a bone graft may have to be performed before a dental implant is placed. Considering dental implants and are interested in bone grafts in Houston, TX? Schedule an appointment today!
A bone graft is a procedure that enhances the bone tissue in the jaw to ensure there is a strong foundation upon which to anchor dental implants successfully. Grafts can vary in complication from simply enhancing the bone alongside one implant to making important deviations to the figure, dimensions, and magnitude of the entire dental ridge. Bone loss can occur as a result of decay, swelling, shock or from periodontal disease.
The materials used for bone grafts can be found from a variety of sources, including your own bone, a human cadaver bone, animal bone or synthetic bone substitute. Bone grafts sourced from your own bone tends to be the safest and most effective source of graft material. This is because it can easily be integrated into your existing bone without any risk of infection or contamination, and it is not likely that your natural tissue will reject the graft material.
If you have been told that you are not a candidate for dental implants because you have insufficient bone left in the jaw, bone grafting procedures can help you augment the jawbone to sufficient levels to get the dental implants you need and restore your smile. Contact our office today to see what bone grafting options are available to you and to schedule a consultation with us.
Dr. Rosecler Marmentini is an orthodontist and specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.