Recreating a Healthy, Strong Foundation
Each part of the mouth plays an integral role in the health of your smile as a whole. When one area is compromised due to factors like gum disease or oral trauma, it affects other areas as well. If a tooth is lost, for example, the jaw bone begins to resorb—or break down—due to a lack of stimulation of the tooth root from the force of biting and chewing. When this absorption in the jaw bone occurs, it cannot be reversed naturally, though modern dentistry has provided a way to help restore the original width and height of the area through a technique called bone grafting. Many times, we provide bone grafting in preparation for the placement of dental implants to help create a healthy and strong foundation into which the implant post can be inserted.
How Can Bone Grafting Benefit Me?
If you have lost one or more teeth, then jaw bone resorption has already begun to occur. You may even notice that your teeth are shifting around the area of your missing tooth and creating an increasingly misaligned bite. Depending on how many teeth are missing, the shape of the face may begin to alter as well, taking on a more “sunken-in” appearance. While not all bone grafting procedures are the same, depending on the location and severity of the bone loss, they do have the singular purpose of reestablishing as much of the original volume of the ridge of the jaw bone as possible. Restoring lost bone not only builds up the necessary levels, but can help halt the acceleration of bone loss in the future. After a comprehensive evaluation of your bone structure, we may recommend any of the following procedures in conjunction with bone grafting:
Sinus lift / Sinus augmentationIf a tooth is lost or extracted from the upper back portion of the jaw, the sinus cavity may eventually sink into the empty space below. If this occurs, a sinus lift must be performed to restore enough bone volume underneath the cavity to support a dental implant.
Ridge augmentation / Socket preservationGenerally performed directly after a tooth extraction, a ridge augmentation helps rebuild the natural height and contour of the jaw bone ridge. To preserve the empty tooth socket, we will add bone grafting material in that space as well.
Guided tissue regenerationWhen gum disease threatens the health of teeth, we may perform guided tissue regeneration, which places bone material at the site to stimulate the growth of new bone that helps support the tooth.
Preparing the Jaw for Dental Implants
Dental implants need a strong base of support in the jaw bone to be successful. Bone grafting takes bone from a different part of your body or a donor source and places it at the site. During the healing process, the new bone material will fuse to the existing bone, building up and strengthening the jaw bone as a whole. Bone grafting, especially when followed by the placement of dental implants or implant-supported dentures, will help improve your oral function and give you a confidence boost in your smile. Our bone grafting procedures are performed under local anesthesia, but we will provide sedation dentistry options if dental anxiety is a concern.
Gentle Techniques, Improved Results
A routine procedure at our office, bone grafting enables our patients to choose from a wider range of options to replace their missing teeth. We are focused on preserving as much soft tissue as possible, and will perform your bone grafting procedure gently and carefully to help guarantee better results. Highly skilled in the placement of dental implants, Dr. Louis Abukhalaf understands how the volume of bone in the jaw directly relates to the success of implants, and uses this knowledge to determine if bone grafting is necessary when planning your treatment. Even if you have severe jaw bone loss, we can help restore adequate bone volume back to your jaw.