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What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting or ridge augmentation is essentially a procedure to replace bone that has been lost.  After a tooth is removed, the bone that supported that tooth begins to disappear as the body no longer needs it.  The longer that a tooth has been missing, usually the more bone that has been lost. Because dental implants must be surrounded by bone, grafting is occasionally needed prior to dental implant placement.  A variety of materials can be used to increase the volume of bone such as your bone, cadaver bone, animal bone and synthetic bone.  

 

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