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Once a tooth is lost there can be serious consequences in that area for bone loss. Without the tooth providing natural stimulation via the force of chewing, the bone will become weak and sag because fortifying growth can no longer occur.

You’ll want to address a missing tooth immediately because when progressive bone loss happens, it can affect you in multiple ways, one being a decrease in gum tissue, which can limit your options when it comes to tooth replacement. Thankfully, you do not have to suffer with bone loss if acting quickly. We are able to perform bone grafting surgery using materials that continue to stimulate new bone growth at the site of the missing tooth. Immediate placement within the void after a tooth is extracted can prevent bone loss and prepare the area for a future dental implant.

Bone grafts work by taking bone from one of four potential sources: the patient themselves, a human donor, animal bone, or special synthetic material. Our dentist will judge which of these is right for you. It is important to note that any of these sources is thoroughly sanitized and very safe to use for this purpose. Not all grafting procedures are alike. The graft can act as a platform for neighboring bone to grow upon and eventually replace the graft material itself, absorbing it into the body.

The area of the missing tooth is now ready for a dental implant to fill the gap.

If you would like to speak to one of our dentists about bone grafting for a missing tooth, call our helpful team at E.G.I. Dental. Phone: 916-683-1994. Make an appointment or come by our office in Elk Grove, California.