If there is not enough stable bone in your jaw or your jaw has suffered any deterioration, you may require a bone graft before an implant can be placed in your mouth. A bone graft is a simple procedure that is done in the comfort of our practice, in which one of our oral surgeons will insert a bone sample into the area of your jaw that is in need of stronger support. Then, you will be given instructions on how to heal so that the bone can form properly. Once you are finished healing, there is now enough sturdy bone in the jaw to support a successful, healthy dental implant.
Our patients who have undergone a bone grafting procedure have kindly shared their experiences with us. We encourage you to listen to them talk about their personalized experience under our care so that you can learn more about the bone grafting procedure and the excellent care you can find at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego.
Prolonged tooth loss can cause the jaw bone to atrophy because the root of a natural tooth must be present to stimulate the bone and make it possible for more patients to enjoy restored smiles with dental implants. Once a bone grafting site has healed and a dental implant has been placed, the new implant will help maintain the jaw bone, ending the cycle of bone loss.
If you are having dental implants placed and are suffering from bone loss in your jaw, you may be a candidate for having bone grafted into the implant area to ensure a stable, permanent implant placement. Our practices in San Diego offer the full scope of oral surgery procedures, including various bone grafting procedures for the successful placement of dental implants, as well as bone grafts used in the treatment of other oral and maxillofacial conditions such as the repair of injuries to the facial region.
Bone grafting around the jaws and teeth is a common first step in the dental implant process. In bone grafting procedures, a solution of granulated bone material or other healing agents is applied to the areas that require more bone. The bone material used in bone grafting for oral surgery is sourced either from another part of your body or a tissue bank. In some cases, surgeons use synthetic grafting material such as bone morphogenetic proteins, which eliminates the need to source bone from other graft sites on your body or use banked bone.
The surgeons of The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego perform several types of bone grafting treatments to meet our patient’s needs:
During your consultation with one of our oral surgeons, your case will be carefully evaluated, and the best type of bone grafting technique for your condition and treatment plan will be recommended. You will be in excellent hands with The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego. Drs. Koshgerian and Shelton are extensively trained in the full scope of bone grafting procedures.
Bone grafting can make dental implants an option for patients who are experiencing bone loss or a deficiency of bone. These procedures provide a stable foundation of healthy bone for the long-term stability of dental implants. If you have questions about bone grafting or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego.