Bone loss in the jawbone is common when one or more teeth have been lost due to injury, decay, or trauma. Without the tooth in place to stimulate the jawbone, the bone around the missing tooth will begin to deteriorate. Over time, the jawbone may deteriorate to such an extent that there may not be enough bone to place dental implants. In cases such as these, your dentist may recommend having a bone grafting procedure.
Bone grafting is the replacement or augmentation of missing bone around the teeth. Dr. Snyder will evaluate and explain any bone grafting that is needed in your case. Bone grafts can take from three to nine months to heal completely. Dental implants will not be placed until your mouth is completely healed.