In some cases, bone grafts may be necessary to make your dental implants a success. As time goes by, a missing tooth can cause your jaw to atrophy or even be absorbed to a level that is called “basal bone”. Dental implants need high quality, available bone to be successful, and bone grafting can help supplement your existing bone as well. Bone grafting can create a more solid base for the implant.
We can often use processed bone from a donor, an animal or synthetic materials. Donor tissue from another person or animal is thoroughly disinfected and safe for grafting. Then, through a process called “guided tissue regeneration,” the human body is fooled biochemically to recognize the graft as a natural bone and over time reabsorbs and replaces it with the patient’s own native bone. It’s a common procedure, and Dr. Willardsen has the advanced training necessary to perform the task. Before the surgery, we’ll talk about your options extensively and answer any questions or concerns that you may have.