Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group performs bone grafts for patients who need dental implants but have a weakened jaw bone. If tooth loss or gum disease has left a portion of the jaw vulnerable, it will weaken over time. When a patient needs a replacement tooth the jaw bone needs to be strong enough to handle the placement of the implant, and a bone graft reinforces the weakened jaw.
There are synthetic options for bone grafts, but a dental graft is usually obtained from a different spot in the patient’s own mouth. This gives the injured or deficient bone a replacement, and encourages growth of new material around the site. The healing process can take several months, and your jaw is monitored by your dentist until it heals enough to handle the placement of an implant.
To learn more about bone grafting and all the services we provide at the practice, visit FrederickShawDDS.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.