The jaw bone associated with missing teeth is reabsorbed over a period of time. Often a condition is left in which there is poor quantity and quality of bone, not appropriate for placement of dental implants. In this situation, a patient may not be a candidate for placement of dental implants.
Bone grafting is the ability to grow bone where needed. This provides the opportunity to place implants of proper width and length. Also it provides the chance to restore functionality and a better appearance. One type of bone graft procedure is a socket preservation. Immediately after a tooth extraction, bone graft material can be placed in the tooth socket to allow adequate bone regeneration. This preserves the bone quality and contours needed to adequately place implants.
After teeth are lost, the bones ridge will become thinner and shorter. A bone graft may be placed to increase the ridge width and/or height for adequate positioning of correct size implants.