Patients who have experienced bone loss in the jaw may need to be evaluated by Dr. Randolph Moore for a bone graft before having dental implants placed. You may be a candidate for a bone graft in Suwanee, GA if you:
What is bone grafting?
Each tooth is surrounded by a unique type of bone which exists only to hold your teeth in place. When a tooth is lost, the bone slowly becomes reabsorbed by the body since it no longer serves a purpose. This is referred to as bone loss or deterioration. Bone grafting is a type of procedure in which we repair bone loss by taking a sample from one area and grafting it to the area where loss has occurred. There are three types of bone grafts:
• Autogenous Graft – This involves taking the bone sample from one area of the body, usually the chin, and grafting it to the area where deterioration has occurred.
• Allograft – This is similar to an autogenous graft except that the sample is taken from an outside source such as a bone bank.
• Xenograft – These use bone samples from a nonhuman source. Usually, that source is bovine where large amounts of bone can be easily attained.
How does it work?
First, Dr. Moore will administer local anesthesia to numb the area. Then, an incision will be made in the gums along the area where bone loss has occurred. If an autogenous graft is being performed, a second incision will be made below the lower front teeth to allow access to the chin bone. A small amount of bone is harvested from the area.
Once the donor material has been obtained, it will be anchored in place with titanium screws. Dr. Moore may place some grafting material around the area to facilitate the healing process. The incision is then closed with stitches and given time to heal.
If you have experienced bone loss in the jaw, you may still be a candidate for dental implants. Contact Dr. Moore to learn additional information about having a bone graft in Suwanee, GA today!