Over a period of time, a jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies, or is resorbed. This leaves a condition in which the bone may be unsuitable for placement of dental implants. In these cases, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to regenerate bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also allows our Olympia periodontists to create an aesthetic as well as a functional restoration.
What is a bone graft?A bone graft is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient's own body or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. The graft not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body to regenerate its own bone.
This new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft material. This bone loss can be reversed. Over time your own newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.
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