Dental bone grafting is the process of adding more bone to a patient’s jaw, usually after they have lost a tooth. The jawbone is gradually absorbed by the body once there’s no longer a tooth to anchor in it, so bone loss is common in elderly people or others who suffer from tooth loss.
Your Renken Dentistry Crystal Falls, TX dentist will likely recommend that you get a bone graft for dental implant surgery. Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone to act like the root of a tooth. However, the implant needs a lot of bone in order to set properly.
Many people don’t have enough jawbone present on their own, whether because they never have or because the bone deteriorated without a tooth there. Once you’ve lost a tooth, bone graft procedures can help get you ready for implants.
In the past, it was necessary to harvest bone from elsewhere in the patient’s body, prolonging the recovery time for the procedure. Today, though, modern technology allows us to use outside sources for bone tissue.
We use xenografts for many bone grafting procedures, which are bone samples harvested from animals (usually bovines.) This has been proven a safe and effective way to do bone grafts. Over time, your body absorbs this tissue and replaces it with your own natural bone tissue.
If you’d like to talk to your dentist about whether you might need a bone graft, give our Crystal Falls office a call to book an appointment today!