At Expressions Dental Care in Richmond Hill, we provide bone grafting procedure for patients that require it for dental implant placement.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into your jawbone to replace the root of your natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
What is bone grafting?
Placement of dental implants requires sufficient bone volume and biologic quality.
This is due to the macro design of the implant, which demands certain dimensional properties for long-term success.
The jaw must have sufficient bone length and width to support dental implants. To regenerate bone and facilitate new growth, grafting is performed with bone tissue taken from your own body or a donor source.
Often, the tissue is taken from healthy areas of your jaw or chin. The bone is then placed or “grafted” onto the area of your jaw that needs regeneration. Over time, it will fuse with your existing bone and the cells will work together to create adequate tissue to support dental implants.
A breakdown in bone structure can be caused by the following:
- Facial trauma
- Growth deformity
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Untreated cavities
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