What is a bone graft?

bone_graftsWhen a tooth has been extracted or bone loss has occurred, the bone can diminish in height and thickness as much as 50% in the first year. Resorption begins almost immediately after a tooth is lost or extracted. To prevent this, a bone graft is recommended to preserve bone and promote faster healing. A bone graft can be used to both preserve and augment the natural bone structure.

Do I need a bone graft?

A bone graft may be recommended if the bone structure and density are insufficient to support a dental implant or other type of restoration. In addition, bone grafts may be required for certain types of periodontal treatment. A bone graft in Lindon, Utah, may be performed using bone fragments or a synthetic bone-like material. If our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Scott Healey, determines that bone fragments would be the best choice for your smile, the fragments can be taken from another area of the mouth or from a bone bank. In other cases, we may suggest using a synthetic material to build up and preserve the bone structure. Our dental team will ensure that your bone grafting treatment is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We welcome you to call or visit us today at Scott M. Healey Dentistry to learn more about how a bone graft can improve your smile.