We can only imagine what our bodies would look like without bones. This scaffolding provides support, form, and protection to our organs and delicate tissue. The bone around your teeth, called alveolar bone, holds the teeth firmly in place. The particular height, shape, and density of this specialized bone can be compromised due to gum disease, tooth removal, and other forms of trauma.

If bone shrinks away from your teeth, it never grows back. Bone can be guided to fill in with grafting materials placed by Dr. Scott Clayhold. Every situation presents a different scenario, but more options than ever exist to promote bone repair in the jaw. For example, when a tooth needs removal, a large hole then exists in the bone. While it will eventually partially fill in, the site tends to shrink, drawing bone away from the area jeopardizing surrounding teeth. Grafting materials can be expertly placed at the time of tooth removal ensures preservation of the existing bone level. Grafting of the bone and soft tissue is especially beneficial if you are considering an implant-supported restoration in the future.

Even areas that have already suffered bone collapse can often benefit from specialized grafting material, bolstering nearly any part of the jaw bone. It's important to note: bone destroyed by gum disease often leaves significant defects around teeth.


Through our 3-D imaging and expert evaluation during your consultation, it may be determined to engage a process with our advanced equipment to incorporate using your own stem cells. By knowing the newest techniques, Dr. Clayhold’s team can use this process with the patient’s own stem cells during surgery to reduce healing time and significantly increase bone and soft tissue healing.