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Bone Grafting: Laying the Foundation for Dental Implants

  • September 21, 2013

Today, dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option available. But not every patient is automatically a good candidate for dental implants. For some patients, the first step in the journey to a restored smile is bone grafting.

What Is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a procedure designed to help patients restore lost bone tissue to their jaw. To be a candidate for dental implants, your jaw has to be dense enough to support one or more implant posts, which act like roots for a new crown, bridge, or denture.

Why Does Bone Loss Occur?

Bone loss occurs because when you lose one or more teeth you also lose the roots that anchored them to your jaw. These roots not only held your teeth in place, they prompted the jaw to grow new bone tissue. Without your roots, there’s nothing to stimulate new bone growth. As a result, the jaw weakens, putting nearby teeth at risk of being loss as that weakness spreads.

With a bone grafting procedure, Dr. DiGiallorenzo will fill in places where bone has been lost. Depending on the type of bone graft you need, you can expect your procedure to take an hour or an hour-and-a-half, with a follow-up appointment 7 to 10 days later to remove your stitches and evaluate your progress.

Do You Have Questions?

If you have questions about how bone grafting works, or you want to know if dental implants are right for you, don’t hesitate to call our Collegeville or Williamsport dental offices. With a consultation with Dr. DiGiallorenzo, we can help you understand your oral health and decide on a plan that will give you the restored, healthy smile you deserve.