Bone Grafting

Rebuild Bone and Prepare for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement solution, but in order to receive a dental implant, there must be adequate jaw bone to support it. Bone grafting helps patients who have experienced bone loss qualify for dental implants. By regenerating bone, you can maintain a healthier jaw and preserve facial structure.

If you have been told you previously did not qualify for dental implants, bone grafting may make it possible for you to achieve the smile of your dreams. Carolinas Center for Dental Implants offers bone grafting techniques at our offices in Charlotte, NC, and Greenville, SC. Contact us if you wish to explore your restorative options and see if bone grafting is right for you.

What is Bone Grafting?

Dental bone grafting is a procedure used to restore bone in the upper jaw or lower jaw. Jaw bone loss can occur as a result of tooth loss, gum disease, or facial trauma. During this surgical procedure, your oral surgeon will insert the grafting material where new bone is needed and your natural bone will heal around the graft. This bone growth helps maintain facial structure and produces a strong foundation for dental implants.

In many cases, dental implants and bone grafts go hand-in-hand. When a tooth has been missing for a long time, a bone graft is first placed to restore the bone. Once it has healed, the dental implant can be placed. Many patients receive bone grafts to create the most sturdy foundation possible for dental implants.

Bone graft surgery is also commonly used in combination with tooth extraction procedures. There are many patients who need to restore a tooth and undergo a tooth extraction, bone grafting, and dental implant surgery to achieve outstanding clinical results.

What Are Bone Grafts Made of?

A bone graft can be made from a variety of materials. An autogenous bone graft (autograft) is made from your own living bone and is taken from somewhere else in the body, usually the hip, jaw, or skull. An allogenic bone graft (allograft) is a piece of bone harvested from a cadaver, and a xenogenic bone graft (xenograft) is harvested from another species, usually a cow. Transplanted bone tissue is safely processed to reduce the possibility of rejection.

Bone grafts can also be made of synthetic materials or graft composites which consist of collagen/ceramic composite, demineralized bone matrix (DBM), or a collagen/ceramic/autograft composite. Your oral surgeon will determine the right type of bone graft material for your specific needs.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia

Types of Bone Grafting Treatment

The right type of bone graft for you will depend on the location where new bone is needed, the severity of bone loss, your facial anatomy, and your overall treatment plan. During your first visit, we will take 3D scans to assess the health of your facial bone and soft tissues. These detailed images help us design precise and accurate treatment plans, ensuring excellent clinical outcomes.

Carolinas Center for Dental Implants offers a variety of bone graft procedures at our offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina. These procedures include:

  • Socket Preservation. After a tooth is extracted, we can insert grafting material into the empty tooth socket. This preserves the size and shape of the socket, making future implant placement easier.
  • Ridge Augmentation. Multiple missing teeth can lead to shrinkage of the jaw bone and negatively affect the contour of the gums. Ridge augmentation involves rebuilding the height and width of the bony ridge inside the mouth. This prevents future bone loss and creates a stable platform for implants.
  • Sinus Lift. Above the upper back teeth, you have maxillary sinuses which are large, air-filled spaces. Sometimes, upper teeth roots extend into the sinuses. When these teeth need to be replaced, there may not be enough bone to support a dental implant. During a sinus lift procedure, your surgeon will raise the sinus floor and insert a bone graft, creating enough bone to support the implant.
  • Nerve Repositioning. Inside the lower jaw is the inferior alveolar nerve, which gives feeling to the chin and lower lip. Sometimes this nerve blocks the path of a future implant and must be repositioned to allow for successful implant placement.

Our team of oral health experts at Carolinas Center for Dental Implants will walk you through the process of bone grafting and tooth restoration. We want your oral surgery experience to be positive, and we are always here to answer questions while providing you with the highest level of patient care. Contact our office in Charlotte, NC, or Greenville, SC, today for advice, diagnosis, or treatment for your oral health needs.

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