jaw graft

When Might I Need a Jawbone Graft?

A bone graft is used to replace and regenerate jawbone, and may be performed prior to dental implants. If your dentist recommends a bone graft the procedure can be done under local anesthesia.

Key takeaways:

  • Bone is absorbed by the body when you lose teeth, and a bone graft may be needed to support dental implants.
  • A bone graft can prevent loss of teeth from a deterioration of the jawbone caused by gum disease.
  • Osteoporosis or injury may require a bone graft to restore any resulting deterioration of the jawbone.

“Getting a bone graft prior to a dental implant procedure will help build up bone in your jaw to make it strong enough to support the dental implant.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.