To be successful with dental implants, there must be enough bone to support them. Because of tooth loss due to periodontal (gum) disease, injury or trauma, or developmental defects, you may not have enough bone. If your jaw is too short (up and down), too narrow (side to side), or both, before implants can be placed, you will need a procedure to add bone to your jaw.
Synthetic bone graft is a term used to describe a procedure that uses a naturally occurring hydroxyapatite or other biocompatible substance with similar mechanical properties to bone to “build” bone so that dental implants can be placed. Typically, these procedures involve grafting (adding) these bone-like materials to the jaw and waiting for the material being grafted to fuse over several months with the existing bone.
There are several different bone augmentation procedures that can be used. We can recommend a procedure depending on the type, location and number of implants to be used and discuss all the options available to you when appropriate.
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