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Dental implants have revolutionized tooth replacements, with one caveat: they require a significant amount of healthy bone. As periodontists, we here at Shoreline Periodontics and Implant Dentistry specialize in implant treatment and other preliminary procedures. One such procedure, bone grafting, is often a necessary part of the journey towards a healthier smile.
When Is a Bone Graft Necessary?
The loss of a tooth can affect the function and aesthetics of your smile. What many people do not know is that it can also affect your underlying bone. The roots of our teeth provide stimulation to the bone that keeps it healthy and strong.
When you are missing one or more teeth, your bone is missing this physical stimulation. Over time, the bone will deteriorate due to the process of resorption. Significant atrophy can disqualify a patient for dental implant treatment.
If your bone is too thin or too soft, it may impede the process of osseointegration. During osseointegration, the implant post and your jawbone fuse together to form a powerful bond. This bond allows the implant post to serve as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. Without osseointegration, implant failure will occur.
A bone graft can improve the quality and quantity of your jawbone, allowing you to qualify for implant treatment. We may also recommend a bone graft to help you maintain a more youthful facial structure.
Ridge preservation is a procedure done at the time of a dental extraction to preserve the width and height of available bone for the future placement of a dental implant. Tiny granules of bone are placed into the socket to favor new bone formation and counteract the natural reduction in bone volume that occurs after an extraction. The bone granules are covered over with a strip of collagen and secured into place with dissolvable sutures.
Ridge augmentation is performed to increase the volume of bone available to support a dental implant. This procedure is typically done when a tooth is already missing. Bone granules are layered on the outside of the ridge along with small screws which maintain the space for new bone to grow in and increase the volume of available bone. In most cases, the site needs to heal for 4-6 months before implant placement.
Sinus augmentation is done when additional height of bone is needed for a dental implant. Often it can be done at the same time as dental implant placement, but in some instances it is best to wait 4-6 months after sinus augmentation to place the implant(s). It is done by creating a space beneath the soft tissue lining of the sinus and adding bone granules, which will become replaced by vital bone within months.
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