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Jun
10

Bone Grafting

Posted in Oral Surgery

Bone grafting is a procedure that is used for patients that need to preserve bone height or create new bone height in certain areas of their mouth. Bone may be lost due to gum disease, age, anatomy of the mouth, or lack of healthy teeth. Most of the time, bone grafting is used prior to the placement of dental implants, so that an implant can be placed and supported securely for several years as a means of tooth replacement.

Types of bone grafting used can include:

  • Placement of a bone graft in the socket of a tooth that has been removed.
  • Improving the height and width of bone in the jaw, where an implant is to be placed.
  • Altering the bone quantity near the nasal sinuses if a sinus lift is needed before the implant is placed.
  • In areas of bony defects around otherwise healthy teeth, or for minor bone loss needs.

A successful bone graft will not only place new bone in the desired area, it will also encourage new bone formation around it. This strengthens the bone in the jaw for implant support or delaying damage from gum disease.

How do you know if you’ve suffered from bone loss and need a bone graft? A periodontal examination by your dentist or hygienist can be used to determine areas of bone height that is lost along each tooth. Routine x-rays will also reflect overall bone height, as well as pinpoint areas are localized concern that could jeopardize other teeth.

Your dentist will discuss the different types of bone graft materials that can be used. To find out whether or not a bone graft can help you, contact your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Apr
10

Dental Bone Grafting

Posted in Periodontics

In some cases of dental procedures, dentists will need to increase the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw. In other cases people have lost bone mass due to periodontitis and are in need of bone grafting surgery in order to keep their teeth in place and healthy. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment on periodontal disease. If a dental bone graft is needed, patients will need to be treated by a periodontist for specialized treatment.

Certain surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants may require dental bone grafting before or during the procedure. For wisdom teeth, a bone graft is done at the time of the tooth extraction. Because an empty socket begins to rapidly melt away, this bone grafting procedure helps to preserve bone volume and oral architecture. If a person has missing teeth is in very important that the gap is filled with something, usually a dental implant or bridge. Once a permanent tooth is out the bone doesn’t have anything to support anymore. Just like an empty socket, the bone will begin to erode and create a hollow divit in the jaw bone. If a dentist tries to place a dental implant into a spot where there is a low level of natural bone, the tooth will look funny and have a high probability of falling out. Bone grafting is used in this situation to build up the bone area so that a dental implant can be securely placed.

Dental bone grafts are also used to recreate bone and supporting tissue that has been lost due to periodontal disease. These bone grafts give natural bone something to attach to and regrow bone, which will help to stabilize the teeth. Periodontists today use a new technology called tissue engineering to encourage patients’ bodies to regenerate bone.

There are different options available for those who need to have dental bone grafting. Your periodontist will walk you through the treatment plans and help decide which is right for you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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Jul
25

Bone Grafting

Posted in Oral Surgery

When supporting bone is lost due to severe gum disease, it can prevent necessary restorative treatments like the placement of dental implants. Without enough supporting bone, it may be impossible to create a dental prosthesis that replaces missing teeth and fits comfortably in the mouth.

Bone grafts are an effective therapy that helps recreate bone structure in the area of bone loss. This bone can come from the dental patient’s own body, or even from a donor. Once this bone is placed, it should typically fuse with existing bone and become an area of healthy support. Once healing has occurred, the prosthesis such as a dental implant can be placed.

Grafts are performed by placing the donor bone into the site where initial bone loss has occurred. This is done through a surgical procedure that directly accesses the jawbone. They are then re-covered with gingival tissue and sutures are put in place during the healing process. Anesthetics or sedation services are available to help ensure patient comfort throughout their procedure.

Areas where grafts may be needed include extraction sites where a dental implant is to be placed, areas of severe bone loss that compromise the stability of adjacent teeth, or alongside nasal sinus lift treatments. Within just a few short months, the new bone graft is usually completely fused with surrounding bone and is healthy enough to support what other bone tissue can.

If you’ve been told that you can’t have procedures such as dental implants due to a lack of adequate bone levels, ask your dentist about bone grafting. Bone grafting can make you a candidate for many dental treatments and restorative procedures that you may otherwise not have been able to receive.

Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental

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Apr
11

Bone Graft Therapy

Posted in Dental Implants

When you have teeth replaced with dental implants, dentures, or even risk losing a tooth due to abnormal bone loss, it’s important to preserve a healthy level of bone structure in the mouth to extend the life of other teeth or support your dental appliance. When there is not enough natural bone, your dentist may place what is called a bone graft in the area where additional support is needed.

Bone grafts may come from your own body, a donor, or synthetic bone. Placing the graft in the area where bone re-growth is needed will encourage your body to begin reforming bone around the new graft, ensuring the stability of the area. Healing and optimum re-growth usually occurs within about 3 months before the area is sound enough to support a prosthesis such as a dental implant or denture.

If you were never a candidate for dental implants, you may want to ask your dentist if bone grafting is the answer. By having conservative graft therapy in areas where additional support is needed, dental implants can become an option for your tooth replacement needs.

Your bone levels are evaluated using dental x-rays as well as taking detailed clinical measurements that determine tissue attachment levels. Attachment can change over time and typically decreases with age. Seeing your dentist for routine preventive care appointments can help you prevent future attachment loss and reverse initial gum disease infections that would otherwise contribute to more bone loss. Your dental hygienist and dentist will guide you to determine a home care routine that creates a healthy environment for success of your bone implant and reduce your risks for future bone loss in other areas.

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics

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Feb
13

Bone Grafting

Posted in Oral Surgery

Bone grafting is used when dental patients have bone loss in the upper or lower portions of their mouth. Most bone loss is due to periodontal disease. This disease condition causes the healthy bone around teeth to be destroyed, which causes loose teeth and leaves less healthy bone to support existing teeth or appliances such as dental implants, partial dentures or dentures.

By restoring bone structure in the mouth, the jaws can support teeth and dental implants, extending the life of your smile. The proper amount of bone also improves the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, as advanced bone loss causes an extended amount of the tooth root to show.

There are various forms of bone grafts. The type of graft needed is based on the location and extent of the bone loss, what type of restorative treatments will be performed (such as dental implants), functional needs and appearance. One type of graft surgery is a sinus lift, which is for upper back teeth when a dental implant needs to be placed in that area. Another form of dental bone grafting is a socket preservation graft, which is placed in the socket area after a tooth has been extracted, to prevent associated bone loss.

Placing a bone graft in the mouth allows the graft as well as the natural bone to fuse and regrow bone in an area where there no longer is any. Most grafts associated with dental implants are usually performed up to a few months prior to the implant surgery to allow for full bone regrowth in that area. This allows the dental implant to be placed in a stable site that can support normal chewing forces.

May
23

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants have become a very popular alternative for replacing one or more missing teeth.  Dental implants are generally much superior to other tooth replacement options such as a bridge or dentures.  Dental implants replicate the look and feel of natural teeth. They are more durable, stronger, and present a much more natural look than dentures or bridges.  Also, unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants stimulate bone growth and avoid the bone loss common with dentures or bridges.

Dental implants are surgically implanted in the patient’s bone.  Once the site has healed, a prosthetic tooth is permanently attached to the implant.  Most patients are candidates for implants, but there must be sufficient bone where the implant is to be placed.

If the tooth to be replaced has been missing for a long time, there may not be sufficient bone for the implant.  Bone loss is normally experienced when a tooth has been lost.  Everyday biting and chewing stimulates bone growth, but when a tooth is lost, the stimulation stops and bone loss in that area is common.

If there has been too much bone loss for an implant to be placed, an oral surgeon may elect to use bone grafting to build up enough bone for the implant to be placed. Bone is taken from another area of your jaw and grafted to the affected area.  The graft is held in place with tiny screws and will fully fuse to the patient’s jaw bone in about four months.  The dental implant can then be placed in the built up area of bone.

Nov
3

Dental Bone Grafting

Posted in Oral Surgery

If you have missing teeth and have been considering dental implants, your dentist may have told you that you need a bone graft before the implant can be placed.  Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to replace missing bone needed for dental implants.  Dental implants are placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw and need to have a sufficient amount of bone or bone density in order for the dental implant to stay firmly in place.

Bone loss can be caused by several different factors.  If your tooth has been missing for some time or if you have had an infection in you jaw, the bone may have degenerated.  Gum disease or trauma to the jaw bone are other common causes of bone loss.

There are several possible sources of bone to be used in the procedure.  The best results are usually obtained when the bone can be harvested from another area of the patient’s body such as the chin or back of the jawbone.  Alternatively, your oral surgeon may use synthetic, cadaver, or animal bone.

You will probably be referred to an oral surgeon for the bone grafting procedure.  Some oral surgeons also offer dental implants so you may be able to have the bone graft and dental implant done at the same office.

Once the bone graft is performed, it will take anywhere from six to twelve months for the bone to fuse properly with your existing bone and form a suitable area for the tooth implant.  This all may sound like a lot of trouble, but tooth implants are an excellent, long term tooth replacement solution that make bone grafts worth the effort.

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