Bone & Soft Tissue Grafting
Bone loss occurs when teeth have been missing for a long time. This happens because the roots of your teeth usually stimulate new bone growth in the jaw by chewing. Your bones are continually operating to produce and reabsorb bone. If the teeth are absent, the roots are also missing, and the bone will degenerate over time without anything to encourage new growth. Other conditions that cause bone loss include severe periodontal disease, facial trauma, tumors, and more. Dental implants are recognized as a whole tooth replacement solution because they replace the root of the tooth and the crown. This makes them an excellent solution for patients needing a replacement tooth while preserving oral bone strength. In some cases, bone loss is so severe that a dental implant cannot be done. For these patients, a bone grafting method can reconstruct the bone and improve the patient’s readiness for a dental implant procedure. Bone grafting can also be used to treat facial trauma injuries, tooth removal, and other oral and maxillofacial conditions.