trauma, infection or premature loss of teeth can greatly reduce
bone density. A bone graft is a procedure that may become necessary
when there is not adequate bone to support a dental implant, tooth,
removable partial or denture.
is typically replaced with bone from the patient’s body, or
artificial or synthetic bone. Once the graft is obtained, screws
are used to secure it in place. To protect the area and encourage
proper bone growth, a membrane may be used to cover the site. Over
time natural bone will form between the graft and existing bone,
strengthening the area.