Over time, your jawbone can lose volume for a variety of different reasons. These include
- Gum disease
- Extracted teeth
- Pathological cysts
The bone grafting procedure is designed to re-volumise the lost bone. Bone grafts also stimulate the formation of new bone cells in your jaw.
There are essentially 3 methods of sourcing for bone graft material:
- We can take bone from another site in your mouth (a host site) and use it where it is needed
- We can use bone from a non-human source
- We can use synthetic bone
It is most common to use synthetic bone.
You may require a bone graft if:
- You have lost significant bone height and width and you intend to have a dental implant placed
- You have significant periodontal or gum disease
- You have had an injury or trauma