Posted on 9/25/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
|For most people, dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth. However, some patients may not have enough bone in their jaw to support the implant. When this occurs, we have to do a bone graft first.
There are a few reasons why you might not have enough bone for an implant. Lost teeth, injury, periodontitis, and other issues can cause a loss of bone density, but fortunately, that doesn't mean you can't make use of implants. Today, it's also very possible to make use of your own bone to build up your jaw.
What Are Bone Grafts?
If your jaw isn't strong enough to support the implant, we need to add more bone to it. The body is able to regrow any tissue it has lost, including the tissue that connects bone. This means we can actually take bone from other parts of the body, such as the hip, and place it in the jawbone. The body incorporates this bone into the jaw, fusing it with the existing bone and making it stronger. This provides a firm base for us to place the posts for your dental implants.
Using Your Own Bone
It is possible to use donor bone or even implant synthetic bone into your jaw, but there is always the risk that the body will reject this bone for whatever reason. By using your own bone, this isn't an issue at all. The bone is taken from areas of the body that are strong and healthy, plus the amount of bone taken is often very little. For most people, it's not a problem to remove a little bit of bone from the hip or other area and use it for the dental graft.
Want to learn more about bone grafts or find out if you're in need of one? Contact us today to set up an appointment.
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