If you have lost a tooth or have a tooth removed, the bone tissue around the area where the tooth root existed starts to atrophy. Over time, the bone is resorbed by the body which can lead to facial deformities and jaw problems. Undergoing a bone graft can help the body rebuild bone around the affected area relatively quickly and strengthen the jaw.
Many patients get dental implants to replace missing teeth. Our dental implants are designed to look very natural and we use a 3D digital CAT scan device to ensure optimal results. If you decide to get dental implants in Springfield, MO and surrounding areas, we need to check and see if there is enough bone available to accommodate the implant. If the jaw is lacking enough bone tissue, a bone graft will be performed to ensure there is adequate bone available in the jaw to support the implant.
When you have lost bone tissue because of gum disease, any type of injury or after a tooth extraction, we may need to perform a bone graft to restore the jaw bone. Dr. Leo Tokarczyk may use donor tissue from a tissue bank or your own bone taken from the jaw to perform the procedure. We also use a guided tissue regeneration technique at our practice which can be especially effective for rebuilding lost tissue.
Patients with major defects of the jaw may need to undergo a major bone grafting procedure. If you have a congenital defect, defects because of tumor surgery or any other problems that compromise jaw function, a major bone graft may be necessary to repair the jaw. Dr. Tokarczyk will determine whether you are a candidate for a bone graft during your consultation.