When teeth are missing or extracted, the jawbone in which it is anchored is lost as well. The overlying gum also recedes, reducing the amount of support for face and lips. This often creates an aged appearance.
As bone is required in order to place implants, there is a need to “grow back the bone”. Thankfully, even if teeth have been lost for a long time, implants can still be placed after regenerating the jaw bone using a combination of bone grafts and special membranes.
Bone graft material can either be harvested from near the implant site, or processed from synthetic or other calcified sources. They serve as the supporting framework in areas of missing bone. Our body would then initiate its healing process and remodel the graft material into functioning bone.
Bone Regeneration using Bone Grafts and Membranes