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Bone Grafting for Implants

When a tooth goes missing, the bone beneath the surface begins to deteriorate when there is no longer a tooth root to stimulate it. The bone then becomes fragile and grows thin. Not only is the bone more susceptible to breaking under minor pressure but the loss of space can distort and alter the facial structure leading to undesirable medical and cosmetic effects.

To preserve bone structure and health, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing teeth. However, if teeth have been missing for a period of time, the bone may already be weak and insufficient to support the placement of an implant. For a long time, those with weak bone structures were not candidates for dental implants. Fortunately, now with the incorporation of bone grafting, Drs. Andrus and Howard at Longmont Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery can offer dental implants to those who once were considered ineligible.

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a procedure that involves taking a very small amount of healthy bone from one area and attaching (a.k.a. grafting) it to an area needing more bone. With time the body begins to incorporate the grafted bone. The bone that was once weak has now been reinforced and can adequately support and securely hold a dental implant in place. Bone grafting not only creates the opportunity for dental implant placement, but it also restores functionality and improves the overall health and appearance of the facial structures. 

In addition to providing support for dental implants, bone grafting can prevent or improve the following complications from bone loss:

  • Misalignment of remaining teeth from bone shifting beneath the surface shifting
  • Distortion of facial features from weak and altered bone structures
  • Decreased support of lip tissue which causes the lips to appear thin and withdrawn.
  • Increased wrinkling around the mouth as the lips are drawn inwards
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and headaches
  • Altered structure of the sinuses and impaired sinus drainage
  • Impaired speech
  • Malnutrition from limited eating capabilities

The procedure for bone grafting is done in the comfort of our Longmont office with local numbing medication or sedation if required. There are different types of bone grafting and during your consultation Dr. Howard or Dr. Andrus will discuss with you what options are available and which would be best suited to meet your needs. If you have any questions about bone grafting for implants, contact us to speak with a specialist.