If you are missing one or more teeth, our dentists may recommend a dental implant. In order for the implant to be successful, however, it is necessary to have sufficient bone structure. If you have experienced bone loss or resorption, we may suggest bone grafting. Aside from making implants possible and restoring your bone structure, Dr. Downing may recommend bone grafting to support areas of your facial and jaw muscles. If you would like to learn more about the reasons for a bone graft in Columbia, South Carolina, please feel free to contact our team 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 or your body to your jawbone. 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!