For implants: Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. Furthermore, bone is also lost during an extraction (sometimes this effect can be minimalized by what is called a socket preservation procedure). This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
We now have the ability to grow bone where needed by use of a bone graft. This gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width and it also gives us a chance to more effectively restore esthetic appearance and functionality. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient’s own body or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. The graft not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body to regenerate its own bone. Over time your own newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.