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Goichi Shiotsu, DDS, PS

Prosthetic & Implant Dentistry

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Mercer Island, WA

Who is a Good Candidate for a Bone Graft?

Posted on 3/7/2022 by Dr. Shiotsu
Who is a Good Candidate for a Bone Graft?Losing teeth is a common occurrence with humans, and replacing them is not as tedious as you may think. Although, when people have lost their teeth for a long time without replacing them, they may have lost a significant amount of jawbone mass. Our professionals perform a bone graft procedure for these types of patients so that they can receive a suitable restoration and enjoy full oral abilities.

What Is A Bone Graft?

A dental bone graft is a procedure that helps patients increase the quantity and quality of bone in the jaw. When patients lose one or more teeth, the jawbone at that area loses the necessary stimulation from the missing teeth. This stimulation is how the jawbone keeps its density. The loss of this stimulation results in the bone receding into itself. As this happens, the quality of bone in that area reduces, affecting the facial structure generally.

When these patients want to get a replacement option such as a dental implant, it becomes difficult as the jawbone is not at its right shape, density and quality. This is why a patient will require a bone graft. During bone grafts, our professionals take bone from a donor or other part of the body and fill the jawbone space with less mass. It is usually done in the jaw area where the patient has lost a tooth and needs a replacement.

Who Can Receive A Bone Graft?

Anyone who has lost teeth and jawbone mass, and needs to receive dental implants can get bone grafts. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are surgically placed in the jaw of a patient. They need sufficient bone to fuse them into place for complete healing. Also, patients who have lost teeth for a long time and wear dentures are also good candidates for bone grafts. Serious injuries to the jawbone may also cause patients to require bone graft. Finally, if you are not certain whether you need a bone graft or not, our team is always ready to answer your questions.

Goichi Shiotsu, DDS

Mercer Island, WA

2825 80th Ave SE Suite 3
Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985

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