Bone Grafting Highlands Ranch, CO
A weakened bone might need to be strengthened using a bone graft.
An oral bone graft is usually required when significant gum recession has taken place exposing root surface. Sometimes gum tissue recedes the bone beneath it experiences resorption (degeneration) which compromises the basic strength of the teeth in the jaw.
To perform the bone graft the gums in the affected area are first exposed revealing the receding bone. Then a small piece of bone is taken from another area of the body (preferably the back of the jaw or chin) and attached to the affected area with titanium screws. The new bone provides increased structural support for restorations, prevention of further bone resorption, and overall increased strength of the jaw bone.