BONE GRAFTING FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
Shrinkage and distortion of the jawbone are common after the loss of a natural tooth. This tends to leave the bone unsuitable for dental implants. To improve the health of the bone and to create a stable foundation for the implant, the bone can be surgically augmented. If necessary, we can promote the growth of newer, healthier bone to support your future implant.
Ridge augmentation involves the reshaping of the bone after a tooth extraction in order to create more natural contours in the gums and the jaw.
Sinus augmentation, or a sinus lift, is a common surgical procedure for patients who have experienced bone loss in the upper posterior jaw. To create enough space for the length of the implant post near the upper sinuses, the floor of the sinus can be repositioned and reinforced with additional bone tissue.
We are fortunate that dental implants are still a viable option even when bone loss is a concern. Bone grafting makes it possible for dental implants to be properly placed in a manner that restores your natural functions as well as your appearance.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is usually performed in stages. First, the damaged tooth is removed. Then the jawbone is prepared for surgery. At this point, bone grafting may take place. A bone graft is a procedure that replaces and regenerates lost bone, and can also restore proper facial contour. If teeth have been lost due to trauma, decay, or injury, some bone loss often occurs, and the bone around the jaw will begin to deteriorate. A bone graft creates a more solid base for a dental implant if this is the case.
About Bone Grafting
So what exactly does bone grafting entail? Traditionally the process involves removing a piece of bone from another part of the patient’s jaw or body and transplanting it into the jawbone. Alternative options today include obtaining bone from a cadaver source or an animal source to replace the missing bone. These options provide less morbidity to the patient, prevents a second surgical site, and are just as successful. After this process, it may take several months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support the actual placement of a dental implant.
Once the jawbone does heal, the implant process moves forward. This starts with placing the titanium dental implant post into the jawbone. This stage also may take up to several months to heal.
Finally, once healing is complete, the periodontist will place the abutment, an extension of the implant’s metal post, into the jaw. Again, time must be allowed for the soft tissue to heal. After healing, molds of the teeth and jawbone are taken, and the procedure of inserting the final tooth or teeth can take place.
Post Bone Graft And Implant Procedure
While time-consuming, bone grafts can be an essential and necessary part of any implant process. After surgery, patients may experience typical discomfort, such as gum or skin swelling or bruising and minor bleeding, but these common side effects dissipate quickly. There are also some diet restrictions, such as only being able to consume soft foods while the mouth heals, following each stage of the bone graft and implant procedure.
Specialist In Periodontology And Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants and bone grafting are extensive surgeries that should only be performed by a specialist in periodontology and dental implant surgery. While patients may consider using their general dentist for this type of procedure in order to save money, that savings could be costly in the long run. Because of the sensitive, multi-stage procedures necessary to complete bone grafts and dental implants, seeking the assistance of a specialist periodontist and dental implant specialist experienced and skilled in this surgery, is of key importance.
In short, with an experienced surgeon to conduct the process, bone grafting procedures and dental implants themselves may be time-consuming, but the result is worth waiting for: healthy teeth and a smile anyone can be proud to share.
Give us a call to have a consultation with specialist Periodontist Dr.Miski if you have any questions on bone grafting for dental implants.