Bone that surrounds and supports teeth (alveolar bone) is dependent upon tooth function to maintain itself. Once teeth are lost, that support is also lost, and the alveolar bone begins to resorb. In years past, various procedures were developed to combat this problem (vestibuloplasty, hydroxyapetite augmentation, etc.), all of which met with limited or short-term success. With the development of dental implants, patients with tooth loss and alveolar bone deficiency can now be successfully restored to functional occlusion in a predictable, long-term fashion. Often, this requires the placement of a bone graft to restore deficient bone prior to the placement of the implants.
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Depending on the size and location of the bony defect, your surgeon may recommend the placement of a bone graft into your upper or lower jaw (or both) prior to, or at the same time as, implant placement. The most commonly used bone grafts are of two types, either allogeneic bone (synthetic) or autogenous bone (from your own body). Common donor sites include the chin, the hip, and the shin. In addition, a modern technique of creating bone with gradual traction (distraction osteogenesis) is possible in selected cases. These procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
By contacting our practice, you can obtain thorough information about the procedures and treatments that may be right for you. To schedule your consultation, contact the Institute of Facial and Oral Surgery.
Call us today at Leesburg Office Phone Number (703) 729-0077 to learn more about bone grafting or to schedule a consultation appointment.