A healthy jawbone is important. It helps you to speak and to eat, and it is a necessity if you are thinking about getting dental implants. Most people have enough bone mass to support dental implants, but some do not. If our dentist, Dr. Bob Johnson, ﬁnds that you need to strengthen your jaw bone before your implant surgery, he may suggest a bone graft in Grand Junction, Colorado. If you are thinking about dental implants, contact Horizon Dental Care at 970-245-3633 to schedule a visit today.
A bone graft is an oral surgery procedure that may be required if your jawbone is not dense or thick enough. During a bone graft, we will transplant a piece of bone from another area of your jaw. While we typically see best results with bone taken from your own body, we can also utilize artiﬁcial bone material or bone fragments from a tissue bank if needed. Your jawbone then grows together with the grafted bone tissue, creating a stronger, more stable foundation.
You may need a bone graft if your bone density is insuﬃcient to support a dental implant or another type of treatment. While bone grafts are most commonly needed for implant dentistry, they may also be required for certain types of periodontal therapy when bone has been lost due to gum disease. If your jawbone is not strong or thick enough to support a dental implant, our dentist may recommend a bone graft. After a tooth is lost or extracted, the jawbone begins to resorb or deteriorate, at the site of the tooth extraction. This must be corrected before the dental implant is placed. To learn more about bone grafting and to discover whether dental implants and bone grafting are right for your smile, we invite you to call or visit us today. Our dentist and team are eager to care for your smile!