When a patient has lost teeth over the years, resorption of the jawbone occurs, since it is no longer stimulated by the teeth. As a result, the bone mass may be insufficient to support an implant. At this point, a bone graft is needed.
During the procedure, the professional grafts a piece of human bone (the patient’s own bone or one from an external donor) onto the spot to be filled.
Once the graft is solidly in place, the professional will install the implants.
Is a bone graft necessary in all cases?
No. Your Lapointe dental Centre professional will take an x-ray to determine whether or not this is needed.