What is Bone Grafting?

One of the most important criteria for getting dental implants is adequate bone support. The reason that dental implants function so remarkably is because they are anchored in the jawbone just like natural teeth. Therefore, there must be enough width, height and density within the jawbone to fully envelope the titanium implant and allow it to support one or more replacement teeth on top. However, not all patients have enough healthy existing bone. This is what leads many patients to need bone grafting before undergoing a restorative dental option using dental implants.

At Alora Dentistry, our Napa dentists proudly offer a full menu of restorative dental services in one office location, including advanced procedures such as bone grafting. We don’t want a lack of bone structure to be the reason you miss out on dental implants. If you need bone grafting prior to implant surgery, you can trust our dental team for excellence at every step.

Bone grafting is a minor and straightforward surgical procedure that can effectively build up new bone in your jaw area. In most cases, only a small incision is made in the gums to expose the underlying bone and allow for grafting material to be carefully added. Bone grafts can include a patient’s own bone, bone from another donor or synthetic grafting material. Regardless of the source, bone grafting is considered highly safe. Best of all, it can qualify for the remarkable benefits of dental implants.

Reasons for Bone Grafting

The most common reason that patients need bone grafting is due to the inevitable bone loss that occurs after missing teeth. The jawbone needs proper stimulation through a tooth root in order to retain its density and form. Therefore, when a tooth goes missing, this process of deterioration begins almost immediately.

If you’ve waited a long period of time before deciding to replace missing teeth, you’re likely to find that your bone has melted away or has become reabsorbed by your body. This may cause you to not have enough healthy bone structure to support a dental implant. In such cases, bone grafting can help. Patients may also suffer bone loss due to advanced, untreated gum disease where the infection has destroyed the surrounding tissues and bone.

Have you been told that you don’t have adequate bone structure to get dental implants? We can help you at Alora Dentistry. Please contact Napa Valley’s most trusted implant dentist today to learn more about bone grafting.


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