When teeth are removed, the gums and bone around the socket often shrink as they heal. This can often lead to a defect or reduction in bone volume. The dentist is able to assess the health of your jaw by using x-rays and scans. If it is found that there is insufficient bone to place implants there are a number of options available.
- Expanding the bone to create more volume
- Placing bovine source such as Bio-Oss
- Removing your own bone from the wisdom tooth area and placing it in the site of interest
- A combination of approaches
Bone grafting restores bone to its previous form – dental implants require that the bone be as close to its original dimension as possible for optimal results.
Bone grafting helps ensure a youthful appearance – without the support of the underlying bone, our faces can look prematurely aged.