Bone Grafting for Implants | Montgomery AL
Do I have enough bone for dental implants?
After tooth extraction, there is always loss of bone that occurs during the healing process. Two types of bone grafts are typically employed.
A bone graft is placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement . Dr. Nizam and Dr. Goerhing will often suggest this even if you are unsure of if you will proceed with implant therapy, as it will maintain your bone level for up to 1 year to allow you the time to make the decision. If an implant is being placed at the time of extraction it will also require a bone replacement graft to fill in gap between the round implant and the oval shaped socket.
There may be inadequate bone for implant placement if your tooth was removed many years ago and your boney ridge is extremely thin. In this case, a bone graft can be placed next to the thin bone and allowed to heal for up to six months. After the graft has fused to your pre-existing bone, the ridge will be re-entered and the implant placed. Since bone is being created instead of maintaining what is present this procedure is more expensive and has more downtime in comparison to the simple bone replacement graft. Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.
1. Inadequate Bone
2. Graft Material Placed
3. Implants Placed
You may also need bone grafting if the sinus cavities in your upper jaw are very large, or very low, and extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been removed many years before, and the amount of bone available for implant placement is limited. A “sinus grafting procedure” is then required. Most often, it is performed in the office with local anesthesia and perhaps sedation. During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. This procedure often can be performed at the time of implant placement.
1. Inadequate Bone
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed