What is a bone graft?
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A bone graft is a procedure in which synthetic bone or bone from the jaw or hip is surgically placed at the site of the implant in order to supplement the bone density. If you not sufficient bone material in the jaw to support the placement of an implant a bone graft will be necessary. The only way to be sure that you will not need a bone graft is for your dentist to take a three dimensional X-ray of your mouth, called a CT scan. This 3D image will allow your dentist to see if there is enough depth and width of bone to place the implant. A traditional panoramic X-ray can only determine the depth of the bone, but not the width. This is one reason why your dentist will not be able to guarantee what kind of treatment is necessary until you visit for your first consultation and examination.
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