The function of a large portion of our jaw bone, called the alveolar bone, is to act as the foundation to hold our teeth in the mouth. When teeth are lost or removed, the body no longer has use for the bone, and it deteriorates and shrinks. Placing a bone graft at the time of tooth removal can help preserve your bone and its dimensions to ensure adequate bone for future implant placement. When teeth are infected with periodontal disease, bone is often lost around natural teeth and may need to be regenerated with bone grafting.
When teeth have been missing for a long time, often the underlying bone becomes very thin and not adequate to support a dental implant. Bone grafting procedures, called a ridge augmentation, may be needed in order to regrow and regenerate the bone for dental implants.
Fortunately, Dr. Cliff Lee and Dr. Sepi Lee specialize in bone grafting procedures, especially in difficult and complex cases where a large amount of bone volume needs to be regrown, or when previous bone grafting procedures have failed. Here at Orange Periodontics and Dental Implantology, we utilize the highest quality of bone grafting materials, including “allograft” or sterilized cadaver bone, “xenografts” or bone from a porcine or bovine source, or even your own bone from other parts of your jaw. We also use of state-of-the-art 3D CBCT bone scans to properly identify vital structures to carefully and safely plan every case tailored to each individual patient.
Schedule your consultation today to see if bone grafting is something you will need for your dental implants.