Bone Grafting | Langley Periodontics and Implant Surgery

By: Langley Periodontics  09-12-2011

Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. This defect may have been caused by periodontal disease, wearing dentures, developmental defects, injury or trauma. Not only does this deformity cause problems in placing the implant, it can also cause an unattractive indentation in the jaw line near the missing teeth that may be difficult to clean and maintain.

To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Dr. Jang will explain to you in detail about your options for graft materials, which can help to regenerate lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to six months before implants can be placed. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the bone grafting procedure is performed.

Bone grafting has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.

Extraction socket bone grafting

Bone defect and block bone grafting

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