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In some cases, it may be necessary for Dr. Mark Leopold, Dr. Nicholas Murphy, Dr. Craig Main, and Dr. Ian Leopold to recommend bone grafting before a patient can undergo a tooth replacement procedure in San Luis Obispo, CA, such as dental implants. This is due to bone loss that men and women may experience as a result of gum disease, trauma, an infection, or another condition. Without enough bone to support the dental procedure, the patient cannot enjoy a fully restored mouth.
Bone grafting is fairly commonplace in certain circumstances, and there are three types of bone grafts that are employed by our doctors:
#1 – Autogenous Bone Grafts
This is where bone is taken from one part of the patient’s body (such as the chin region) and transplanted to the mouth.
#2 – Allograft Bone Grafts
During allograft bone grafting, human bone from cadavers is used instead of the patient’s own bone.
#3 – Xenograft Bone Grafts
For this type of bone graft, nonhuman bone such as bovine is utilized.
There are benefits to each type of bone grafting procedure. For instance, autogenous bone grafts use the patient’s own bone, so there is no problem with the body accepting the sample. However, there is a need for two surgery sites, which can be considered a “con” for some people who prefer only one surgery site. For those people, an allograft or xenograft procedure can make a better choice.
Only a thorough examination with Dr. Mark Leopold, Dr. Nicholas Murphy, Dr. Craig Main, and Dr. Ian Leopold can determine if you are an ideal candidate for a bone graft in San Luis Obispo, CA prior to the placement of dental implants. Please call us to schedule your appointment.
Whether you need dental implants, gum recession treatment, or any other oral health procedure, we promise to provide you with exceptional care
as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. We enjoy serving our
patients from San Luis Obispo, CA. If you have
any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.
Leopold, Murphy and Main, D.D.S.
Dentist - San Luis Obispo
878 Walnut St
San Luis Obispo, CA
New Patients: (805) 225-9079
Current Patients: (805) 541-0550