The roots of teeth stimulate the jaw bone through normal oral functions such as chewing. Jaw bone deteriorates when a tooth or teeth are missing and not replaced. Patients who want dental implants may need a bone graft before receiving their implants. Listen to our happy patients explain how their bone grafting procedure improved their smile.
The jaw bone stays healthy by the continuous chewing that stimulates new bone growth. When a single tooth or several teeth are missing, the jaw bone loses this stimulation, and bone loss occurs. Many patients who are missing one tooth or many teeth opt for dental implants as their tooth replacement option of choice. However, without adequate bone, a dental implant cannot be placed. However, a bone grafting procedure can create or restore bone where more bone mass is needed so that the jaw can support a dental implant.
Dr. Yang and Dr. Lee offer a broad scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures in their practice in Foster City, CA. Bone grafting is a very effective procedure for many dental implant and full-arch restoration candidates.
If you need oral and maxillofacial surgery treatment, we encourage you to request a consultation with Dr. Yang or Dr. Lee at Foster City Oral Surgery Specialists. They can design a plan of treatment to optimize your smile and restore your oral health, which may include a bone graft.
For many dental implant patients, a bone graft is a common first step of treatment. A bone graft involves placing granulated bone material to the area where more bone is needed. The material used may be sourced from another part of the body or a tissue bank.
There are several types of bone grafts, depending on the location of the graft and treatment plan:
If you want more information about bone grafting or any of the other oral and maxillofacial surgery services we offer, please contact us today to request an appointment with Dr. Yang or Dr. Lee.