Before your dental implant can be placed, you may need to receive a bone grafting procedure. Bone grafting is necessary when there is not enough supporting bone tissue to anchor the implant in your mouth and provide a solid foundation for your restoration. To learn more about bone grafting in Santa Barbara, California, and to schedule your consultation with our experienced oral surgeons, please call Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.
After a tooth has been extracted or knocked out, your bone will often begin to resorb, or deteriorate. As the amount of bone tissue supporting your teeth shrinks, it becomes more difficult to place an implant, and the condition may cause problems for the alignment and stability of your remaining teeth. In many cases, a bone graft can be placed at the time of tooth extraction to help maintain the volume and width of bone you will need to support an implant.
If your tooth was removed many years ago, chances are that your supporting bone tissue is very thin. In this case, our oral surgeons can place a bone graft alone the existing bone tissue, where it will integrate with your bone to create a more stable foundation for your implant.
We see the best results from bone material taken from your own body. However, we may also use grafting tissue taken from bone banks or other sources. Bone grafting may be performed on your lower or upper jaw.
We invite you to call our office today for more information about bone grafting for dental implants, and set up your appointment with Dr. David McAninch and Dr. Robert Kiken!