If you have lost one or more teeth, you have likely suffered from bone loss. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone that held it in place begins to be resorbed by the body. This bone structure has no other purpose in the body than to support a tooth, and thus when the tooth is lost, the bone levels begin to decrease. If you are interested in replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant, the procedure will require sufficient bone structure to support the implant. In some cases, our dentist may recommend a bone graft in order to supplement your natural bone levels and to allow the placement of a dental implant.
During a bone grafting procedure, Dr. Francisco Kim grafts additional bone into the jawbone at the site of missing tooth and any other areas that require additional bone density. Based on your personal dental needs and preferences, the bone may be taken from another part of your mouth or body, may be supplied by a tissue bank, or may be replaced with a synthetic bone substitute. While we often prefer to use bone from your own body, we will help you determine the best option for your specific case. Once the graft has been placed, your natural bone will fuse with the graft and strengthen the jawbone. If you have lost one or more teeth and think you may be in need of a bone graft in Anaheim, California, we encourage you to contact us today at Artistry Dental.