Dental bone grafts have put smiles on the faces of people who never thought they would be able to smile again. Here’s how. Missing teeth can cause atrophy or resorption of the jaw bone over a period of time. This often leaves very little jaw bone for the attachment and placement of dental implants. Missing teeth can also cause long term shifting of remaining teeth, and cause changes to facial structure.
In the past, many of these patients have been ineligible to get dental implants. However, with the new bone grafting technique, these patients have a shot at a new smile. The bone graft for a dental implant can be extracted from a tissue bank or, in case of major bone grafting, from larger bones like the tibia or hip bone. This is then surgically placed in the mouth cavity for dental implants to be placed on. This restores the functionality of the jaw bone and improves aesthetic appearance, and also helps prevent problems like indigestion. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure and may require a hospital stay.