After a tooth is lost or extracted, the jawbone begins to resorb, or deteriorate, at the site of the tooth extraction. This must be corrected before the dental implant is placed, which is where a bone graft may be needed. Bone grafting not only strengthens your smile and allows us to perform important dental work, it also maintains the integrity of your dental structure and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of place.
A bone graft is an oral surgery procedure that may be required if your jawbone is not dense or thick enough. During a bone graft, utilize artificial bone material or bone fragments from a tissue bank if needed. Your jawbone then grows together with the grafted bone tissue, creating a stronger, more stable foundation.