Bone grafting is the replacement of jaw bone loss due to injury or gum disease. Often times, if a tooth is missing, the associated bone will be reabsorbed into the body. In these cases, the corrupted quality and lack of available bone structure creates many future problems both functionally, aesthetically and constructively. The open space causes other tooth structures to drift forward to fill in the empty space, like a vacuum.
Current technology enables us to restore lost bone when necessary. It performs the dual service of allowing us to restore functionality while, improving the overall appearance of your teeth so you can smile with confidence.
Bone cells are normally taken from a tissue bank or from your own body from areas such as the jaw, hip or below your knee; however this is no longer necessary as we have other materials now. In some cases a special layer is used to assist the development of the bone cells. This process is called guided bone regeneration.
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