For many cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedures, one of the most important factors dentists consider before discussing treatment options is the amount of bone volume a patient has within his or her jaw. Bone volume is crucial to holding dental implant posts in place and ensuring that the treatment is successful.
Bone loss is fairly common especially among people who suffer from missing teeth, oral trauma, and gum disease, but can be rebuilt through bone grafting. At Center For Implant Dentistry & Oral Surgery, we are proud to offer bone grafting whether your bone loss is severe or mild.
During a bone grafting procedure, we will take a sample of bone from you or an approved donor source and compress it into granules. These bone grafting granules are placed at the site of bone deterioration underneath the gum tissue.
The bone granules fuse to your existing jaw bone creating a solid structure, which can even out your jawline and become capable of supporting dental implants.
For your comfort we have several effective sedation techniques to remove anxiety and stress while providing you with a painless experience.
Once your graft heals, you will be closer to having your restorative dental procedure and your smile improved.request an appointment
Bone Graft Options
After a tooth is extracted, an empty socket is left behind. Socket preservation bone grafting allows us to remove the ‘pocket’ made by the missing roots by packing it with bone granules. During the healing process, your jaw remains balanced preventing teeth from shifting and allowing you to receive dental implants to restore your smile.
If an area of bone has deteriorated or if a patient has significant bone loss along the jawline or ridge, we will need to restore the jaw using bone grafts. Placing bone granules at the site of deterioration, your jawline will be restored.
A sinus lift is an advanced and delicate form of bone grafting used to restore bone loss or deterioration within the upper molar area of the jaw. We will carefully access your sinus cavity, gently raise the sinus membrane, and place the bone granules underneath providing you with adequate bone volume in this area once healed.
We also offer bone reduction treatment which is an alternative to traditional bone grafting. Instead of placing bone grafts to restore or create more bone volume, we level out your existing bone. This is often used for specific cases after a thorough examination and consultation with our doctors.
For more information on bone grafting or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today at (248) 702-6622.
Ridge augmentation is a process needed following the removal of a tooth. Due to the loss of the tooth, the socket will then begin to shrink, creating an indention in the tissue and bone. Ridge augmentation works to reshape the gums to their natural state. This is done as a purely cosmetic procedure, as filling the socket is not medically necessary. However, it may be required if a dental implant is needed.
There are two types of ridge augmentation, soft tissue and hard tissue augmentation. The soft tissue augmentation is used to clean the site thoroughly as well as provide aesthetic solutions. Your dentist will use local anesthetics to numb the area, and then incisions are created to ready the area to receive the graft. The skin graft is often taken from the patient’s roof of mouth. The graft is then put in place and sutured to secure. The sutures will dissolve around one week post-procedure.
After surgery, it is common to experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising for 7-10 days. Pain medication and anti-inflammatories are often provided to improve the patient’s healing experience and help keep the swelling at bay. Full recovery is normally achieved within 6 months time.
Patients who suffer from a decreased bone density in the upper jaw may benefit greatly from a sinus grafting procedure. In this process, bone material is added via graft to the top of the jaw to help promote new bone growth for a dental implant.
The maxillary sinus is located at the back of the upper jaw, behind your cheek, and above the teeth roots. Some patients may have lesser bone density in this area and will need to build more before receiving any form of dental implant. There are two types of sinus grafting which are commonly performed:
A lateral sinus lift, or window sinus lift, is used when a patient has an insufficient amount of bone to receive a dental implant. During this process, a small hole is made in the jaw to then lift the sinus and place a bone graft. Unlike the internal sinus lift, the lateral sinus lift requires a more extensive healing time to insure that the new bone is able to grow. This can take up to 9 months to occur.
In both lift procedures, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area and small sutures are required to close the incision locations. Patients may experience some discomfort after the procedure. This includes some bleeding from your mouth or nose, swelling, and mild pain. In most cases, antibiotics and pain medications are provided to keep the inflammation at bay and prevent any infections from forming during the healing process.