If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or lost a tooth, the bone tissue in the affected area may begin to resorb, or shrink. This causes your remaining teeth to shift out of place and become unstable, and changes your bite and the way your teeth fit together. If your oral health and function are being affected by bone loss or if you are about to receive a dental implant, our dentists may recommend a bone grafting procedure.
Bone grafting is an oral surgery procedure during which our dentists transplant a piece of bone from another area of your jaw or body to the diminished area of your jawbone. You jawbone then integrates and grows together with the grafted bone tissue to create a stronger and more stable foundation for your teeth.
Our dentists typically recommend bone grafting prior to an implant placement procedure or to correct damage caused by periodontal disease. This procedure may be performed on the upper jaw (a procedure known as a sinus lift) or the lower jaw (a procedure known as ridge augmentation). While the best results are achieved using bone from your own body, bone tissue from a tissue bank or artificial bone material is also available if needed.