Bone grafting is a surgical procedure under the overarching category of oral surgery. This surgery becomes a necessity often when the patient’s jaw bone is not thick enough, or not dense enough for future needs. This procedure entails transplanting a piece of bone from an area of the jaw or body, to an area of the jawbone.
The best results are usually achieved when the bone that is transplanted is the patient’s, but in some cases, an artificial replacement needs to be used. These other materials are usually artificial bone or bone fragments from a tissue bank. When the jaw bone blinds with the new material, the structure becomes stronger, creating a more stable and usable foundation.
We often recommend these procedures for those with thin or not dense jaw bones because if left alone, these jaw bones are not valid locations for dental implants or other types of treatments. When a tooth is lost or removed, the jawbone begins to deteriorate or reabsorb, leaving the location of the missing tooth weak.
This weak spot must be corrected before treatments like dental implants can take place. Even though bone grafting is usually used for procedures like dental implantation, it can also sometimes be needed in advanced cases of periostitis. This procedure can help bones damaged from the disease heal and regain strength.
To learn more about bone grafting and to find out if bone grafting may be a procedure you need, do not hesitate to call or visit our office today!