Dental implants are the preferred replacement method for missing teeth because they restore full functionality to the mouth; however, implants need to be firmly anchored to the jawbone to be effective. If the jawbone lacks the necessary quality or quantity of bone, bone grafting surgery can fortify the bone in an area where there is not sufficient bone to place an implant. It can also replace bone that has been lost due to previous extractions, gum disease or trauma.
The graft itself may be made of donor bone, synthetic material, or your own bone taken from another part of your body. This technology not only allows the placement of implants of proper length and width, it also provides the oral surgeon with an opportunity to improve the oral health and esthetic appearance of the patient.