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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a procedure to help replace bone density where the jaw has incurred bone loss. It is often required prior to dental implants or for other conditions. One needs bone to hold replacement teeth or dentures in place.

For a simple explanation of how the process works, the bone graft material is placed into a socket in your jaw where bone loss has occured, which then allows one's own bone to regenerate and grow. There are several kinds of bone graft material including human tissue, animal tissue and synthetic. 

A bone graft procedure may be called for when:

  • A tooth is extracted

  • A dental implant is planned to replace a missing tooth

  • The jaw needs to be rebuilt before getting dentures

  • There is bone loss due to gum (periodontal) disease

  • To help restore a condition called dry socket

Recovery to normality from a bone grant typically takes a week or two, but full healing can take several months before we can install an implant.

When we evaluate your needs and create a dental treatment plan, we will advise you if we feel a bone graft is appropriate and essential for you.

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