Bone grafting is widely used throughout medicine because of how it helps the body heal. In dentistry, a bone graft is used to strengthen a patient’s jaw bone when it is not strong enough to support a needed implant. Dr. Suzanne Haeri performs bone grafts to restore function to the mouths of patients in need of dental implants.
When a tooth is missing for an extended period of time the jaw bone in that area is vulnerable and can weaken, and some patients naturally have a softer jaw bone. In either case, when the patient needs an implant the bone needs to be reinforced. A jaw bone graft is typically harvested from a healthy location in the patient’s mouth. During the procedure, the harvested material is grafted to the area of the jaw that needs an implant. This reinforces the jaw bone and encourages the growth of new bone material. This healing process typically takes a few months and should be monitored by your dentist. Once the graft has fused and healed, a dental implant can be placed.
To learn more about teeth grinding and the services we provide at our practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.