Jawbone grafts may make it possible for people who have significant bone loss to still have implants. Gum disease or trauma may have caused bone deterioration. Jawbone grafts can restore it.
Missing teeth and a serious loss of bone structure will make you a candidate for a jawbone graft.
Your dentist will most likely want to study the results of a CT scan so that he can see the extent of bone loss and decide how to proceed.
If you have an autograft don the bone may be taken from your hip or from your jaw. An autograft has the best chance for success.
An allograft uses bone from an organ donor. After assessment and sterilization the bone is transplanted to your jaw where it will transform to your own bone structure.
Xenografts are taken from animal tissue and alloplastic grafts come from man made materials.
All types of bone grafts should be monitored by your dentist at regular intervals.