Bone loss in the jaw occurs when one or more teeth have been lost to tooth decay, periodontal disease, trauma, or any type of injury. When the teeth cannot stimulate the jaw bone, the bone around missing teeth starts to deteriorate. Over time, the jaw bone can deteriorate to a point that there may no longer be enough bone tissue to place dental implants. In these cases, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure.
Bone grafting involves replacing or augmenting missing bone around the teeth and in areas where teeth are missing. It is often recommended before dental implants and other tooth replacement procedures. The three types of bone graft procedures include: autogenous, allograft, and xenograft.
Autogenous grafts are taken from one area of the body and transplanted to another location. Allografts are performed with bone tissue that is sourced from a cadaver and donated to a bone bank. The bone is screened for safety. Xenografts are performed with bone tissue that comes from a nonhuman source such as cow, or bovine. This type of procedure may be necessary when extra bone is needed for dental implants.
Bone grafting can restore your facial contours where bone tissue may be missing in the mouth. For more information about receiving a bone graft in Miami, FL, set up your consultation with Dr. Scott Ross and Dr. Bradley Ross today!