What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure where grafting materials are applied to areas of low bone density (in this case, the jaw bone).
Why is bone grafting needed?
A jaw that has lost bone tissue is weak, unable to support implants, and may cause tooth loss. Jaw bone loss like this can result from advanced stages of periodontal disease (gum disease) as well as tooth extractions, oral cancer, and the wear of dentures.
What are grafting materials made of?
The best option for a grafting material is a piece of bone taken from your own body because it still contains living tissues. Other bone graft options include tissue from human cadavers or cows. Synthetic material may also be used.
How is a bone graft applied?
We will begin by applying a local anesthetic to the affected area. Dr. James S. Parham will then make an incision in the gum tissue in order to expose the affected bone. After cleaning the area, we will fuse the grafting material to the jaw by using screws. The gum tissue is then stitched together.
How does bone grafting work?
Bone grafting is a great option for restoring lost tissue because it promotes the growth and healing of your natural bone structure, especially if the graft is from your own body and still contains living cells. After 6-9 months, the screws that held the graft in place can be removed and your jaw structure will be restored.