Reasons for Bone Grafting
If Dr. Clancy determines that you need a tooth extraction, he may consult with our oral surgeon to determine if you should have a bone graft as well. After an extraction, the remaining portion of the jaw bone is referred to as a socket.
A socket that is left behind without a tooth can atrophy and lose bone density. Therefore, bone grafting may be done to preserve the integrity of the socket.
A bone graft may also be performed in preparation for dental implants. Implants are performed to replace missing, cracked, chipped, or severely decayed teeth. In order to do this, the implant is placed in the jaw bone and then the crown is connected to the implant via an abutment. There must be enough bone in the jaw for an implant to be placed properly, so a bone graft may be necessary.
Our oral surgeon can take synthetic bone and add it to your existing jaw bone. A bone graft can do the following for you:
- Add to the density of your jawbone
- Prevent the collapse of surrounding tissue
- Help to prepare you for dental implants