Bone grafting procedures are typically recommended for patients who are interested in dental implants but don’t have enough bone to support them. Bone grafting can restore the structure of the jaw bone and allow for successful implant placement. Patients whose teeth have been missing for an extended period usually experience a significant amount of bone deterioration. The jaw bone needs stimulation from chewing to remain healthy, so when teeth are missing, it loses this stimulation and begins to atrophy. A bone graft can restore height and width to the jaw bone after atrophy and make dental implant placement possible. In addition, a bone graft can be placed directly after a tooth extraction to prevent the jaw from deteriorating and preserve it for dental implants.
If you’ve previously been told that you can’t receive dental implants because you lack jaw support, please contact our office in Rohnert Park, CA. A bone graft procedure may be able to restore your jaw bone to the condition it needs to properly support dental implants. Dr. Daniel can examine your mouth and determine if a bone graft is right for your needs.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
There are four main types of bone grafting procedures, and the treatment you need will depend on your specific condition. Factors that can determine which procedure you need include the length of time your teeth have been missing, the level of jaw bone deterioration, the location of the empty tooth sockets or extraction sites, and more. You can learn more about each type of bone graft when you visit our office for your consultation. You can read a short description about each bone graft below:
A socket preservation is a preventive bone graft procedure — Dr. Daniel will perform a socket preservation if you undergo a tooth extraction and are interested in future dental implants. Socket preservation prevents bone loss from occurring and keeps the tooth socket in prime condition for dental implant placement. After the extraction site and bone graft have healed, you can return for dental implants without worrying about having adequate bone support.
When the missing tooth or teeth are in the upper back of the mouth, a sinus lift is the most likely bone grafting solution. The sinuses are located above the upper back molars, and the bone that separates them from your teeth is often too thin for dental implant placement. Dr. Daniel can perform a sinus lift to supplement this bone with new bone, thus creating a thicker and sturdier foundation for implant placement.
The bones that hold up both rows of your teeth are called the alveolar ridges. Some patients have smaller alveolar ridges, and they must undergo a ridge expansion before dental implants can be placed successfully. Ridge augmentation will increase the height and width of the ridges and help create a more supportive foundation for dental implant placement.
Major Bone Grafts
There are certain instances where a major bone graft may be necessary, including treatment for facial trauma injuries, birth defects, or severe gum loss or bone loss. In these instances, Dr. Daniel may need to retrieve bone from another part of your body, such as the hip.
Bone Grafting in Rohnert Park, CA
If you need to create additional support for dental implants or have severe bone loss treated, Dr. Daniel has been placing bone grafts for many years. We encourage you to call our office to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Daniel will examine your jaw and determine which type of bone graft best fits your needs.