Safe Techniques To Rebuild Bone
A bone graft uses granulated material in a specific area of the body to promote new bone growth. In oral surgery, bone grafting rebuilds bone in the jaw and is a common first step for many dental implant patients.
When a tooth is missing and not replaced, the loss does not stop at the tooth. Over time, the bone underneath deteriorates. While many patients with varying degrees of bone loss are candidates for dental implants, those with insufficient bone may require a bone graft to rebuild the lost bone and successfully support an implant.
The bone grafting material may be sourced from a bank (donor bone), or your own bone may be used. Synthetic material is another option. Your oral surgeon will review your options, including your options for anesthesia, during your consultation appointment.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
Bone grafts restore the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw. The type of bone grafting procedure you need depends on the location where new bone is needed, severity of bone loss, and facial anatomy, among other factors.
- Socket Preservation. Immediately after a tooth extraction, an oral surgeon can place bone grafting material into the empty tooth socket. This helps to ensure the quality of bone in the area is sufficient for a future dental implant. This procedure is also known as a ridge augmentation.
- Sinus Lift. The bony area that separates the maxillary sinuses and the upper molars is very thin. When teeth are missing near this area, the amount of bone may be insufficient to support a dental implant. A sinus lift raises the sinus floor and creates a thicker separation between the sinus and the upper jaw. Once healed, a dental implant can be placed.
- Ridge Augmentation. The alveolar ridge is the bone that supports the upper and lower arches of teeth. Ridge augmentation may be performed one area after a tooth extraction (socket preservation) or the entire ridge may require more height/width.
- Nerve Repositioning. The inferior alveolar nerve is found in the lower jaw and supplies feeling to the lower lip and chin. If it is determined that a dental implant may damage this nerve, repositioning before implant placement may be an option. Since this surgical procedure is high-risk, other options are usually considered first.
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery performs the full scope of bone grafting procedures. Our specialists welcome patients of all ages and will help you find the right treatment option for you. Your oral surgeon will complete a thorough oral evaluation and assess your bone quality and facial structure with X-rays and 3D imaging. We look forward to meeting you and providing you with an exceptional experience.
Bone Grafting In Charlotte, Gastonia, Concord, Rock Hill, Greenville, Simpsonville, Concord, and Lake Norman
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery provides first-class care to improve health and well-being while maximizing the patient experience. Every office is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and outfitted with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and surgical equipment to enhance our scope of practice. The high level of care we provide ensures every patient feels confident in their treatment while they receive safe and predictable results.
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