Peninsula Oral and Facial Surgery is the premier center for bone grafting in the Peninsula. Our surgeons have extensive training in all types of bone grafting ranging from minor socket preservation grafting to more extensive reconstruction with distant bone harvesting to reconstruct even the most severe defects.
Bone grafting is necessary when the jawbone has deteriorated to such an extent that it can no longer act as the foundation for a dental implant. In these cases, bone grafting can be performed in order to build up a stable and lasting foundation prior to dental implant placement. Use the links below to learn more about how bone grafting and help you achieve a sound foundation for your future dental implants.
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What is Bone Grafting?
Before we look at some of the most common dental bone grafting procedures performed by our team, let’s address a pressing question that most patients start with… What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure designed to build up and restore bone that has been lost to disease, decay, and atrophy from loss of root stimulation. It is performed as a surgical procedure. Grafting materials are applied to the site of the defect and are remodeled naturally by your body over time to form healthy, native bone which can act as the foundation for long lasting dental implants.
Tooth Extraction and Ridge Preservation Dental Bone Grafting
When a tooth is extracted, your body losses its natural stimulus to maintain the bone where the tooth is now missing, which can lead to atrophy and loss of that bone overtime. Tooth extraction and ridge preservation is a type of procedure where dental bone grafting is performed after the extraction to preserve, and even improve the bone so that an implant can be placed later.
This doesn’t just make way for an implant. Protecting the jaw with ridge preservation can help the surrounding teeth remain stable to prevent progressive tooth loss. Ridge preservation is recommended after tooth extraction and can be performed by your surgeon at Peninsula Oral and Facial Surgery.
Ridge Augmentation Dental Bone Grafting
Ridge augmentation is a common procedure for dental bone grafting. It can be performed after tooth extraction, or even if you’ve had teeth removed previously, before you decided to get dental implants.
While a socket can heal on its own after a tooth is removed, the bone is often lost. It can deteriorate to a point where the ridge can no longer support a dental implant. Ridge augmentation fills in the defect with dental bone grafting material. A membrane is placed over the grafting site and the gum tissue is sutured. Over time, your body will use the grafting material as a signal system and scaffold to build back its own healthy bone in that area which can be used as a foundation for a dental implant in th future.
You will be a likely candidate for ridge augmentation if you have lost enough bone such there is no longer enough foundation to support a healthy dental implant.
Sinus Lift (Sinus Augmentation) Dental Bone Grafting
There’s less available jawbone at the molar region of the upper jaw. This can compromise the success of dental implants. In some cases, there may not be enough bone to even place the implant at all.
A sinus lift involves accessing the sinus cavity through the jaw, packing bone grafting materials, and allowing the bone to remodel before placing implants. It augments the available bone so that implant placement will be successful with good stability and a positive long-term outcome.
What is a Bone Graft with Bone Morphogenic Protein?
The success of bone graft teeth procedures can be enhanced with bone morphogenic protein. What is a bone graft with bone morphogenic protein? It’s simply a procedure where an additional material is added during grafting to enhance the remodeling process.
Bone morphogenic protein is combined with collagen and grafting materials. The protein is a growth factor that signals cells to initiate the bone regeneration process. Bone graft teeth procedures with bone morphogenic protein can improve the outcome, reduce remodeling time, and improve the quality of new bone that is developed.
It’s not always necessary to use bone morphogenic protein for bone graft teeth treatments, but it is an option that will be presented by our team when it makes sense for your case.
Expert Bone Grafting Approaches to Prepare You for Dental Implants
Dental implants come with an incredibly high success rate. Over 97% of procedures are successful when looking at patients worldwide. Planning and a careful approach are critical. With bone grafting for dental implants, our surgeons create the ideal foundation to ensure success.
Start treatment planning for bone grafting and dental implants by booking your consultation at Peninsula Oral and Facial Surgery Today.