Dental implants are a successful and hugely popular dental restoration procedure that is used to provide patients with a brand-new smile. However, not everyone is a candidate for this restoration. One of the biggest factors that prevent people from receiving dental implants is a lack of density in their jawbone. Our professionals at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry are able to overcome this hurdle for many of our patients through the use of bone grafting.
A bone graft is a relatively simple procedure that involves attaching bone fragments to your jawbone in order to fortify and strengthen it. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is administered to the surgical site. Our professionals will then make an incision in your gumline and attach the bone fragments to your existing bone structure. After the procedure is complete, they will suture the incision location.
The procedure is painless, and many patients only experience mild tenderness in their gumline for a few days after the procedure. It can take several months and as long as a year in some cases for the bone fragments to completely fuse with your existing bone. Once fusion has occurred, our team can begin the next phase of the process and install your dental implants.
Where Does the Material Come From?
The material used for bone grafts is obtained from one of several possible sources. One of the most common sources for graft material is from cadavers. Grafts completed with cadaver bone material are called an allograft.
Another popular graft material is synthetic bone. This composite material is a combination of synthetic material and your own bone material. The synthetic material strengthens and adds density to your existing bone. This process is slightly more expensive than using cadaver bone fragments but can provide better fusion in some cases.
Where Is the Material Placed?
Grafted material is placed at the locations on your jaw where it is needed. There are several sub-types of bone grafts that refer to different graft locations. Two of the most common locations that require grafting are your ridges and your sinus. Our team determines what areas require bone grafting through the use of digital imaging.
Grafting to your ridge is called either a ridge augmentation or ridge preservation, depending on if it is done after tooth loss or at the time of extraction. The ridge is the area of your jawbone that extends into the gumline and is responsible for holding your teeth in place. The second type of graft is called a sinus lift and focuses on the upper, rear area of your jaw.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting strengthens your jawbone and helps protect you from gum recession and facial injury. It also improves your candidacy for dental implants and is a necessary procedure for many patients. Bone grafting can also improve your facial structure and offer needed support to your sinus cavity.
If you have been turned away for dental implants or told that you need a bone graft to improve eligibility, then it is time to come see our professionals at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (657) 341-0808.