What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting refers to procedures that build up bone levels in the jaw. Bone loss can occur for multiple reasons, including as a result of missing teeth, facial trauma, or disease. Deterioration of the jaw bone can lead to significant changes in your facial appearance, how your teeth fit together, and the strength of the remaining bone. Bone grafting corrects these issues by restoring the proper height and width to the jawline to improve its density and strength. For many patients who previously did not quality for dental implants, bone grafting is oftentimes the solution they need to receive more permanent tooth replacements.
We provide safe bone grafting in our Vicksburg, MS, office, utilizing modern materials and techniques. Under our experienced care and with help from sedation dentistry, our procedures are comfortable and effective.
Bone Grafting Preserves the Jaw’s Natural Contour
Ridge augmentation or preservation is a type of bone grafting procedure commonly completed after a tooth extraction or after teeth and bone have been lost for other reasons. The main purpose of this procedure is to fill in the voids (tooth sockets) left by the lost or extracted tooth and to build up any areas of the bone that have defects. A bone graft, and ridge augmentation itself, is not medically necessary, but it is oftentimes the first step toward being qualified to receive dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Some of the Benefits:
- Slows jaw bone resorption
- Protects existing teeth from shifting
- Prepares the jaw for dental implants
- Preserves the natural contour of the jaw
- Improves the bone’s strength and volume
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
We oftentimes provide bone grafting for patients who desire to replace their missing teeth permanently with dental implants. If tooth loss has left their jaw bone thin and weak, we build up its volume and strength with a bone graft. Once the jaw bone has fully healed, it will be the correct width, height, and density to safely support one or more dental implants. One of the most beneficial tooth replacement options, dental implants can effectively restore oral health and smile aesthetics and last for many years with proper care.