At Willow Glen Dental Care, bone and soft-tissue grafting are frequent treatments performed before dental implant surgery to repair lost bone and tissue. Dental implants may not be implanted efficiently if there is insufficient bone and soft tissue in the jaw and surrounding the implant site. Patients frequently present with inadequate bone and soft tissue due to tooth loss, past trauma or tumors, or a congenital deformity such as a cleft lip and palate.
The Need for Bone Grafts
In most circumstances, bone grafting is a highly successful technique. It is also better to have missing teeth, sick teeth, or deformed teeth. Bone grafting can be used to enhance the height or width of the jawbone, as well as to fill cavities and abnormalities in the bone. There are two primary methods in which bone grafting can improve the health and stability of the teeth:
Bone grafting helps to stabilize and rebuild the jaw foundation in preparation for restorative or implant surgery. Deformities can also be addressed, and bone remodeling can provide additional support.
Bone grafting can reduce or prevent bone recession after tooth extraction, periodontal disease, or other invasive procedures.
Types of Bone Grafting
If the bone density in your alveolar ridge is low, the bone graft material may be put into the area where an implant is to be placed to encourage bone growth and ensure a solid implant placement.
Suppose the wall that divides the sinus from the oral cavity is too thin to enable the installation of a secure dental implant. In that case, your oral surgeon may insert a bone graft in the jaw below the sinus membrane to supplement the area.
To prepare the location for a future dental implant, your oral surgeon may fill your tooth socket with bone grafting material immediately after extraction.
The Soft-Tissue and Bone Grafting Procedure
Depending on the circumstances, grafting may be performed before dental implant surgery or, in some instances, at the same time. If conducted before implant surgery, it could be because the location needs to recover adequately to give the most visually pleasing result.
Most bone transplants are obtained from other parts of the patient's body, most typically from different parts of the jaw. The patient's bone is sometimes combined with other grafting materials to prevent further deterioration. In complex and severe situations, a bone from different body parts, such as the hip, can be extracted. Grafting can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the severity of the deterioration.
Bone grafting may be required to finish your treatment or protect your jawbone if you have a tooth extracted or dental implants inserted. Contact Willow Glen Dental Care at 1600 Willow St, Suite 203, San Jose, CA 95125, or call (408) 978-0911 for the best dental care.