Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David Tasch can coordinate with top oral surgeons to provide bone grafting surgery for dental implant patients in the Austin, TX-area. This procedure restores lost bone volume in the jaw, so that patients are able to undergo dental implant surgery. Enhanced jawbone density ensures implants and restorations have the support they need for full stability and functionality. This procedure is a crucial step for patients who have already suffered bone loss, as well as for those having one or more teeth extracted.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that uses natural or synthetic bone material to rebuild lost tissue in the jaw. Bone loss begins almost immediately after you lose a tooth. The jawbone begins to shrink, causing facial tissues like the lips and cheeks, to collapse. As the jawbone shrinks, this does not leave enough tissue to support dental implants. A surgical bone graft rebuilds the lost tissue and creates a sufficient foundation to support dental implants.
When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?
Inadequate bone density is the primary reason patients require bone grafting. Patients who have suffered from tooth loss for an extended amount of time are more likely to need a bone graft. Bone loss occurs even if the patient replaces missing teeth with a bridge or denture, since traditional restorations only replace the crowns, not the tooth roots.
Patients who must have one or more teeth extracted prior to dental implant surgery may also need a bone graft. The bone graft material preserves the tooth socket and prevents bone loss. Most patients under the age of 30 do not require bone grafts prior to dental implant placement.