Unfortunately, some patients do not have enough existing bone in the jaw to properly support dental implants. Natural bone deficiencies can be caused by development defects, gum disease, injury or trauma to the face, tooth loss, and long-term denture use. At DFW Oral Surgeons, we offer several bone grafting services to rebuild bone, restore your natural jawline, and provide a solid foundation for dental implants.
Flower Mound, TX
Reasons for Bone Grafting
Dental implants are the most common reason we perform a bone graft. Implants are tiny screws that act as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. To be successful, implants require a significant amount of bone in the jaw. If the jaw is too thin or too soft, the process of osseointegration, where the bone and your implant fuse together, will not be successful.
We may also recommend a bone graft if you have jaw deformities. Bone grafts can also give you a more youthful facial appearance if you have lost all of your teeth and used dentures.
Bone Grafting Procedure
The main objective of a bone graft procedure is to safely and effectively build up or add bone to the jaw. Grafting material can come from a variety of sources, including yourself, a human donor, an animal donor, or from a laboratory. John C. Shillingburg, DDS will be able to determine which grafting material is most suitable to your circumstance.
During a bone grafting procedure, we will numb the area using a local anesthetic. Next, we will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Then, we will take the graft material, and place it onto your jawbone. Once the material is in place, we will suture the incision.
If you are receiving a dental implant, you will have to wait, most likely for several months, until the graft has created new bone. Once there is enough new bone, we can proceed with the implant procedure.
Upper posterior teeth, such as your molars and premolars, are some of the hardest to restore. Due to the anatomy of your jaw, there is usually not enough bone in this region to support a dental implant. When these teeth are missing, we may recommend a sinus lift.
During the sinus lift procedure, the sinus membrane has to be moved or “lifted,” to make room for the new bone. Once the membrane had been pushed up, we can pack the area with graft material. After the material is in place, we will suture you up, and let the healing process begin.
Sometimes, the jaw is not wide enough to support a dental implant. In this case, we can add bone graft material to the ridge. This procedure is known as a ridge expansion. Ridge expansion can be used to widen the entire ridge or to preserve a single socket. In some circumstances, we may be able to place an implant immediately following a ridge expansion. Other situations may require four months to a year of healing time.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about bone grafting, call (972) 539-1491, and schedule a consultation today!