Bone Grafting After Losing Teeth
If you lose one or more of your teeth from tooth decay, an injury, gum disease, or any other reason, you can lose bone tissue in these areas as well. The jaw bone starts to atrophy the moment you lose a tooth, which weakens the jaw bone over time. You may notice changes in your facial structure as a result. A bone grafting procedure replaces lost bone and also triggers bone regeneration in the area where bone is missing.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
We offer a few different bone grafting techniques, depending on individual needs. Autogenous bone grafts typically involve taking bone from another part of the patient’s body. Allogenic bone grafts are derived from a cadaver, while xenogeneic bone grafts are sourced from animals (typically bovine). Autografts stimulate bone formation so the bone can regenerate fairly quickly. In some cases, a sinus lift may be necessary. Bone loss in the upper molars may require a sinus augmentation procedure. Patients who have lost significant bone tissue that is affecting their smile may benefit form a ridge augmentation procedure which helps recreate the natural contour of the gums.