Missing teeth can result in severe bone loss or drifting of surrounding teeth. Bone loss can lead to altered facial expression and in some cases a patient’s existing bone may be too thin or soft to hold an implant in place. If the bone cannot support the implant, it may cause the implant surgery to fail.
The way this procedure works is that the doctor takes a section of bone from another area of your body, or uses a synthetic bone grafting material and grafts it onto your jaw bone. Then the patient must wait a few months for the bone and graft to create enough new, strong bone.
In case of a small procedure, the doctor may place the grafting material and the implant on the same day. To learn more about implant dentistry, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mayra today!