Preparing You For
A Solution To Lost Bone
When someone has lost jaw bone, either due to tooth loss, oral trauma or periodontal disease, they may experience a change in several aspects of their oral health. Bone loss can produce a “sunken in” facial appearance, cause teeth to shift, create an uneven appearance of the jaw and restrict the ability to have dental implants placed. At Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons, we provide bone grafting treatment to restore the lost volume in your jaw and help qualify you for dental implants. Bone graftinginvolves placing a bone material, either taken from you or a donor source, at the site of recession, which will fuse to existing bone to form a solid, even foundation.
We utilize advanced guided tissue regeneration (GTR) techniques as well as bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) when performing bone grafting to improve the healing time and ensure your new bone is strong. This involves placing a protective barrier (GTR) around the bone graft and suturing your gums around it, so the bone heals without interference from the gums. We can also add specific proteins (BMP) to stimulate the bone and enhance the healing process. These technologies give our patients an improved bone grafting experience, allowing them to enjoy a healthier mouth quickly.
Patients who are missing teeth in their upper molar area may have inadequate bone to support dental implants due to the sinus cavity residing just above these teeth. We can perform sinus lift surgery to access this location, gently raise the sinus membrane and add in bone graft material to create adequate bone volume for dental implant placement. This is a very delicate procedure and best performed by experienced oral surgeons to ensure best results and no damage to the sinus membrane.
When bone has been lost in the jaw, it can create an uneven gum line that not only looks unattractive but may cause teeth to shift and limits the placement of dental implants. Bone grafting can even out the gum line and preserve jaw structure. When a tooth is extracted it leaves behind an empty area in the jaw, which can quickly deteriorate and affect the jaw ridge. We perform socket preservation to restore bone where the tooth once was and prepare for dental implant replacement.
- Prepare jaw for dental implants
- Even out the jaw line
- Retain facial appearance
- Prevent shifting teeth