Why does bone loss occur and why do I need bone grafting?

Bone loss in the jaws often occurs over time in the areas of missing teeth. The jaw bone begins to break down and dissolve when it is not receiving the necessary stimulation from the forces of chewing. This can result in shifting of adjacent teeth, cosmetic deformities, and an inability to place implants.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting can replace missing bone, prevent bone loss, and promote new bone growth. Every situation is unique and different locations in the mouth require specific techniques and materials. Socket preservation is a common technique to prevent bone loss after an extraction. At the time of tooth extraction, bone grafting material is placed in the socket to maintain the bulk of the bone so that an implant of appropriate length and width can be placed after the healing is complete.