Bone grafting may be required before areas of the mouth can be restored for several reasons. Conditions that occur at younger ages that might be associated with birth defects (missing incisors – a common disorder), orthodontic treatments, malformed upper and lower jaws. The most common need for a bone graft is a previously extracted tooth site.
The Need for Bone Graft Surgery: Summary
- Preventing / controlling the loss of jawbone after tooth extraction (Socket Grafting/Ridge Preservation)
- Augmenting the jawbone in preparation for the installation of implant or prosthesis (fixed bridge, implant supported denture)
- Replacing bone lost to periodontal or gum disease (periodontitis rehabilitation)
- Replacement of bone lost due to denture use