Dental implants solve missing teeth problems, and help bring back the healthy form and function of a smile. The implants are embedded directly onto the jawbone to provide a base where the teeth restorations can be attached to. The nature of the implant placement – into the jawbone – makes the quality of the jawbone very important in the success of the entire implant treatment.
What if your jawbone is thin, or has deteriorated because of missing teeth – will you still be able to get dental implants? In cases when there is not enough bone to provide support for the placement of implants, an advanced technique called bone graft or bone grafting can be done. A bone grafting treatment makes it possible for the implants to successfully be placed even in thin or insufficient jawbone.
How Can Bone Grafting Help with an Implant Treatment?
A bone graft is a procedure that improves the jawbone quality, so that there will be enough bone material to support the implant treatment. The graft material is added to the existing jawbone, adding height and/or width so that the area can fully support the placement of the dental implants. This surgical procedure is an important part of a dental implant treatment in cases when the patient’s jawbone is thin, or has deteriorated because of long-term tooth loss.
There are several sources where the bone graft material can come from. The graft material can be harvested from the patient’s own body, which greatly reduces the risk of the body rejecting the material (since it came from the same source). Bone graft material can also be harvested from another human being, or from bovine (cow) material. A synthetic material like calcium phosphate can also be used as a bone grafting material.
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