If your loss of bone is significant, Dr. Withers may recommend a bone grafting procedure before implants. This procedure restores the bone to a level that can support dental implants.
The three types of bone grafts are: autogenous grafts, allografts, and xenografts.
Autogenous graft – This type of graft involves transplanting bone from an area of the body, such as the chin, to the mouth. Since the bone is active cellular material, it assimilates easily with existing tissue.
Allografts - Bone material comes from cadaver bone with this method of grafting and is screened for safety.
Xenografts - Bone tissue comes from a nonhuman source such as bovine, or cow, when xenografts are chosen. These are preferred when extra bone is needed for a successful dental implant procedure.
Dr. Withers will perform this procedure under local anesthesia and make an incision in the gums where the bone will be augmented. If an autogenous graft is taking place, a second surgical site will be needed to remove bone tissue from the chin. All incisions are closed with stitches and dental implants are placed when the area has healed completely.
If you think you may be a good candidate for a dental bone graft in Fairfax, VA, we can provide a thorough examination to evaluate your bone health. To learn more about bone grafting and dental implants, set up your consultation with Dr. Withers today!