Bone Grafting: What it Is and Why We Use It
Bone grafting at our Medina, OH dental office is a procedure we perform to supplement bone in your jaw that shrinks when you lose a tooth.
The similarity between any tooth replacement like a dental implant, bridge, or denture is that they all function best when there is sufficient bone in your jaw.
Why You Need Bone Grafting
In fact, the amount of bone you have determines what replacement options you have. When you lose a tooth and you don’t have it replaced as soon as possible, the bone in the location of the missing tooth will continue to shrink over time.
If you lack enough bone density, you probably will not be a good candidate for a dental implant. The success of an implant depends on the density of the jawbone. Without enough bone to support the implant, you will either need to choose a different option or consider bone graft surgery.
How Bone Grafting Works
The bone we use for grafting depends on your particular situation. However, we get great results using cadaver bone. We know this sounds a little unsettling, but the cadaver bone used for grafting is demineralized and irradiated so as to be completely safe.
The purpose of bone grafting surgery is to fill the space left by the missing tooth and provide a foundation on which new bone will grow. During the healing process, your body replaces the grafting material with your natural bone.
We can also use bone grafting in combination with other treatments for severe periodontal infection. The optimal time to perform bone grafting is immediately after tooth extraction, but we can also perform it as a standalone procedure.
If you have been considering tooth replacement but you aren’t sure what your options are, please call our Medina, OH dental office. We will be happy to evaluate your situation to determine if bone grafting is necessary in your case.