Dental Tips Blog

Sep
22

Bone Grafting – What and Why?

Posted in Dental Implants

A bone graft is when an oral surgeon places new bone material in a part of your jaw when it doesn’t have enough.

This process comes in handy for things like:

  • Preparing a site for a dental implant
  • Rebuilding the jaw to support a denture
  • Repairing areas damaged by trauma or disease

Getting a bone graft could mean improving the function of your mouth and even enhancing the look of your smile or face.

The graft material could be taken from your own jaw or another body site. It might also be of animal origin, from another human, or some other synthetic material that stimulates the growth of new bone.

So how do you know if you need a grafting procedure?

Ultimately, only your dentist or oral surgeon can make that call.

If you need treatment such as dentures or an implant, you will find out well in advance whether bone grafting is part of the process.

There’s a good chance you’ll be told you need bone grafting if you have:

  • Been missing teeth for many years
  • A history of severe gum disease
  • Been told that you don’t have enough bone to support an implant

Being told you may need a bone graft isn’t even the end of the matter. You may be able to avoid one, altogether.

Some dental implants, for example, are designed to get a secure hold in minimal amounts of bone.

The bottom line is that bone grafting is a very straightforward procedure. Your surgeon will carefully explain your options and you’ll be on your way to a new smile!

Ask your dentist for more facts on bone grafting if you’ve got a list of smile restoration procedures.

Posted on behalf of:
Mendota Springs Dentistry
6317 McKee Rd #500
Fitchburg, WI 53719
(608) 957-7709

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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Dec
5

Sinus Lift Surgery

Posted in Uncategorized

Sinus lift surgery is a type of bone grafting procedure that is used to increase the amount of bony area in your upper arch, where the nasal sinuses coincide with the area of dental bone. Patients that are undergoing dental implant treatment may require sinus lift surgery as part of their care plan prior to the placement of their implants. Sinus lifts are needed in order to create a more stable environment that can support a dental implant.

The sinus lining is elevated so that implants will not puncture the sinus cavity when they are placed in the mouth. This also allows for bone implants in the area, to better support the dental implant. Bone implants allow bone from a donor site to be grafted into the area of the sinus lift and integrate with the surrounding anatomy.

To perform a sinus lift, a small window is made through your gums and bone. Once open, your sinus lining can be elevated away from the bone, and new additional bone placed in the area. The surgical site is then stitched closed and given time to heal before your dental implant can be placed. Most implants can be placed after several months of heal time. This allows for the bone to be fully functional and support the dental implant.

It’s important to not place too much pressure on the area through blowing your nose as it could cause problems with the healing. After your lift you will see your doctor for a follow up exam to ensure that healing is occurring properly, as well as to remove the stitches from the surgical site. Be sure to let your doctor know if you begin to develop any symptoms of infection following your procedure.

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