If, due to tooth loss or trauma you have experienced a loss of bone, it may be necessary to build up this bone material in order to place a dental implant or other restorative device.
Bone grafting is a common procedure. The additional bone material is often taken from the patient themselves, harvested from other areas of the mouth where drilling may have taken place and those bone fragments are suctioned from the mouth and used for the graft. In some cases cadaver bones fragments are used. These fragments have been harvested by bone banks and are perfectly safe to use.
Rebuiding Bone Loss
The jawbone will deteriorate when you lose teeth, and do not replace it.
This loss of bone mass makes it difficult, maybe impossible, to get dental implants or dentures without corrective procedures.
Through ridge augmentation we can restore the lost bone structure and make it possible for you to take advantage of restorative services like dental implants.
Ridge Augmentation is the process of lifting the gum and exposing the deficient bone area. We then use a bone like substance to fill this area, greatly improving the appearance of the mouth and increasing the chance of success associated with restorative services.
With ridge augmentation, dental implants can be applied, last for years and will feel like your own natural teeth.
Sinus Augmentation / Sinus Lift
The loss of back teeth can result in not only the shifting of your remaining teeth, but replacing upper back teeth with dental implants may require the sinus floor to be re-positioned to create space for the implants.
This simple procedure, Sinus Augmentation, creates enough space for implant placement by employing various grafting materials to encourage bone growth which will stabilize the dental implant.
In certain scenarios it may be possible to gently “push up” the bone under the sinus floor resulting in lifting the floor of the “dropped” sinus. And place bone replacement materials beneath the lifted bone. This bone material is replaced as your body introduces new bone into the area.
With a 95% success rate, followed by a healing period of 6-10 months, implants can be placed in a predictable and successful manner.
If the sinus augmentation procedure does not result in enough bone for implant placement, additional bone can be regenerated by performing another sinus augmentation at the time of implant placement.
A consultation will determine the best procedures required to restore your smile. Contact us today.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
Osseous surgery is a procedure that reshapes the bone which holds your teeth in place. Osseous surgery commonly treats periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis experience defects in the bone around their teeth. The osseous surgery removes those defects. Prior to the surgery, the patient undergoes a periodontal treatment that consists or scaling and root planing. A local anesthetic is administered to minimize the pain. Once the roots are cleaned, the dentist uses a drill and sharp dental tool to reshape the bone surrounding the teeth. Depending on the extent of the defects, the deformed bone is removed, and the rest is shaped. Bone grafting material is used where the defects are too large to be treated with only reshaping. Once the bones are back to their original state, the gums are stitched back into place. Osseous Grafting is a routine procedure, with a high success rate.