Riverpark Dental London, ON

What is it?

This surgical procedure brings back any jaw bone that has gone missing from a tooth extraction. After an extraction, the root of the tooth is open and will gradually collapse- resulting in bone loss. Shockingly, the amount of bone loss can be up to 40% in only six months, and will continue to increase as time passes.

This is where bone grafting comes into play because you may be in need of an implant but do not have sufficient bone to sustain one. Bone grafting is used to build back that missing bone and create a strong anchor for the dental implant.

How is it done?

  • The gums are cleaved so that a flap is created and the bone can be exposed.
  • The areas that have lost bone are filled with the bone substitute.
      1. The bone substitute can consist of your own bone, donated bone, synthetic bone, and animal (cow) bone.
  • A dissolvable membrane will be placed over the treated area, and the flap will be placed back and sutured to its original position.
  • Over a period of 6-10 weeks, the membrane will dissolve and the substitute bone will mature and regenerate into new bone.
  • Once the bone has regenerated, you now have a solid foundation for a dental implant.


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