Dental Bone Grafting and Augmentation
The loss of all your teeth can cause a number of long-term effects to the gums and to the jaw bones. Commonly, an effect called bone loss occurs which actually lessens the bone content in the jaw and results in a caving in of the oral cavities.
If a patient is to require technology such as implants or any of the devices that attach to them, they must first have enough bone in the jaw region to attach the implants to. If there is not, which is often the case if a patient has been without teeth for a number of years, more bone volume can be added by grafting some bone onto the jaw.
Once grafting has healed implants can be added and then the needed devices attached.