For your jaw to function as it should and support your smile, you need a healthy amount of jawbone. This is particularly important if you are considering dental implants. If you do not have enough healthy bone, our dentists may suggest a treatment called a bone graft.
You can lose bone mass in your jaw from periodontal disease, but the most common cause is tooth loss. The pressure exerted on the roots of your teeth when you chew strengthens the bone. When you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted, the jawbone in that area will begin to deteriorate or resorb. To restore the health of your jaw or to support a dental implant, Dr. Scimeca, Dr. Elhady and associates can perform a bone graft. This treatment usually involves taking a small amount of bone tissue from another part of your body and placing it on the affected area and allowing it to knit together with the jawbone. Bone from a tissue bank can also be used, and artificial bone tissue may also be an option.