Healthy, plentiful bone is essential for a successful dental implant. The jawbone, just as it is anchors your natural teeth in place, must also anchor each dental implant in place. When the jawbone is not deep enough, thick enough or wide enough, your dental implant procedure could be a failure—or worse, you may learn that you are not a suitable candidate for implant surgery in the first place.
Rather than risk a failed dental implant surgery or deny you the opportunity for a permanent new tooth, we might recommend an additional procedure called bone grafting.
A Second Chance for a Stronger Foundation
Also known as bone augmentation, bone grafting enables us to restore the volume and shape of bone that could not otherwise support a dental implant. In the years after you have lost a natural tooth, even if you have worn a dental bridge or a denture, the jawbone can begin to shrink. This shrinkage can affect the density of the bone as well as the size and shape of the jaw. There are other factors which may leave the jawbone inadequate such as an injury, a previous surgery, advanced gum disease, or a birth condition. Bone grafting is also an excellent option for reinforcing the bone when an implant is to be placed near the upper sinus cavities where the bone is typically thinner and shallower than in the lower jaw. This procedure is known as a sinus lift.
Following these circumstances and many others, bone grafting surgery enables us to supplement your existing bone as well as encourage the growth of new bone for a second chance at a stronger foundation.
One Mission, Multiple Options
For bone grafting surgery, our mission is to improve the dimensions of the jawbone prior to the placement of the dental implant. We can accomplish that goal with the use of bone that has been harvested from your own body, freeze-dried bone, bone that has been developed in a tissue bank, or bone that has been sourced from a cadaver. During your consultation, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each material as it pertains to your health.
In addition to the supplemental bone, it is occasionally necessary to place a specialized material which helps to encourage the growth of new bone in a specified location.
The Bone Grafting Consultation
Bone grafting, sinus augmentation, ridge augmentation, nerve repositioning, and socket preservation describe just a few of the procedures that can be performed to improve the outcome of your dental implant surgery. To find out if these procedures should be included in your treatment plan, contact our team today to schedule a consultation.