In dentistry, a bone graft is an oral surgery procedure where tissue can be added in order to restore bone loss that may have occurred in your jaw. Bone loss can happen if you've lost a tooth or had a tooth extracted. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone underneath isn't being used anymore, and it can wear away. A bone graft is the ideal procedure to add bone to the jaw in order to strengthen it.
At Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry, our oral surgeon works in-house so all of your procedures can be done without having to go to another facility. Dr. Martins is board-certified in periodontics, and she can offer you the necessary diagnostic techniques and surgical options to correct any oral issues you have.
If you believe you may need a bone graft procedure, please contact our oral surgeon in Medford, Massachusetts. Our team has the experience you can trust and a calm and soothing bedside manner. Contact us today for your oral evaluation at 781-396-8558.
Reasons for a Bone Graft
If Dr. Clancy determines that you need a tooth extraction, he may consult with our oral surgeon to determine if you should have a bone graft as well. After an extraction, the remaining portion of the jaw bone is referred to as a socket.
A socket that is left behind without a tooth can atrophy and lose bone density. Therefore, a bone graft may be done to preserve the integrity of the socket.
A bone graft may also be performed in preparation for dental implants. Implants are performed to replace missing, cracked, chipped, or severely decayed teeth. In order to do this, the implant is placed in the jaw bone and then the crown is connected to the implant via an abutment. There must be enough bone in the jaw for an implant to be placed properly, so a bone graft may be necessary.
Our oral surgeon can take synthetic bone and add it to your existing jaw bone. A bone graft can do the following for you:
- Add to the density of your jawbone
- Prevent the collapse of surrounding tissue
- Help to prepare you for dental implants
If you believe you may need a bone graft in order to strengthen your existing jaw bone or to prepare yourself for dental implants, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry by calling 781-396-8558. Our experienced team can guide you through the entire process and make you as comfortable as possible.