About Bone Grafting…
Missing Teeth: Long Term Implications
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants.
Above: Side view of bone resorption.
In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants. Today, however, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance.
Above: Frontal view of bone resorption.