Bone grafting is often a preliminary procedure for patients who are receiving restorative dentistry such as dental implants. Prior to placing a dental implant, Dr. Melvin Ford, Dr. Klaus Guter, or Dr. James Gray will examine the area of bone surrounding the placement site and determine if it is dense enough to support a dental implant. If bone is lacking, a bone graft may be necessary, and our oral surgeons are here to tell you what you can expect from your bone grafting procedure.
When bone is too thin or weak, one of our oral surgeons will graft bone material to the existing tissue to increase bone density and make it strong enough to support a dental implant. A strong jawbone is needed to keep the dental implant stable, and bone grafting can adding height and width to weakened areas of the jaw. The grafting material we use can come from a variety of sources, including another part of your body (this is the most popular method), processed bone from a bone bank, or synthetic bone material.
After we have grafted the new material to your jaw, the new bone begins to fuse with the original bone structure over the next few months. Once the area has healed, we will place your dental implants, starting with the surgical placement of the titanium abutment and following up with a custom-made dental restoration.
To learn more about what you can expect from a bone graft in Virginia Beach, Virginia, contact our team at Oral Surgery of Tidewater and schedule a consultation with Dr. Melvin Ford, Dr. Klaus Guter, or Dr. James Gray to discuss the details of the procedure. To schedule your appointment, please call (757) 544-9192 today.