When a tooth is extracted, a significant amount of bone is resorbed as a result of the extraction. The majority of this resorption happens in the first three months – and this often contributes to the sunken/hollowing appearance that patients often notice when their teeth are extracted. In the years gone by, it used to be that surgeons would need to harvest bone from another part of the body (such as the hip) to do a bone graft for a dental implant procedure – thankfully, this has changed considerably for the better!
What is bone grafting
Modern day bone grafting techniques utilize far more patient centric and predictable procedures. Cutting edge techniques allow us to harvest bone from nearby sites as well as use artificial bone to reduce healing downtime, multiple sites of surgery as well as improve predictability and surgical outcome. We use modern day techniques to allow us to improve the availability of bone for the placement of dental implants. For the upper and lower jaw, we can use bone grafting techniques to improve the width of available bone. For the upper jaw, we can use bone grafting techniques such as a sinus lift to improve the length of available bone. Visit Dentist Hawthorn to learn more.