The gums are superficial soft tissues covering harder and thicker bone underneath. This is known as the alveolar bone or jawbone. The upper jawbone is called the maxilla and the lower jawbone is called the mandible. The tooth roots are embedded deep into the jaw bones.
In some cases, especially when getting dental implants, the alveolar bone may not be strong or thick enough to hold the implant in place. In such case, you will be advised to undergo bone grafting.
Bone grafting is the process of adding a piece of bone (called a graft) to an existing bone structure. In the case of dental bone grafting, the graft is added to the jaw bone to increase the mass and thickness of the jaws.
A bone graft is a major surgical procedure that requires anesthesia. It may also require significant recovery time and lifestyle restrictions to allow the jaws to heal fully. When getting a bone graft, make sure you have a companion to drive you home and stay with you following the appointment.
Have questions about getting a bone graft? We can help.
Because a bone graft is done to increase the mass and structure of the jaws, it can only be done when the jawbone has significantly deteriorated in size and structure. Some of the causes of such jaw deformity include:
At Ace Dental in Roseville, our head dentist Dr. Karanvir Sibia, DDS, is highly skilled in performing bone grafts. He will first examine your current oral condition and determine if a bone graft is the best solution for your problem.
If you are concerned about the cost of bone grafting, just give us a call at (916) 772-0111 or book an appointment here. Ace Dental in Roseville understands the financial concerns of patients and we would be happy to discuss payment options with you.
You can also come visit us at 1070 Pleasant Grove Suite 110 Roseville, CA 95678 and talk to Dr. Sibia. He will explain all the issues involved in bone grafting and you can also ask about the procedure. This will help you decide whether or not you would like to go ahead with the grafting.
Contact us to schedule a bone grafting consultation.