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 keep it 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 San Diego area practice offers 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.
Types of Bone Grafting
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 from another part of your body or from 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.
These are some of the most common bone grafting procedures we offer:
- Ridge Augmentation. The bone that surrounds and supports the teeth is the alveolar ridge. If this bone is not dense enough to support dental implants successfully, your oral surgeon may recommend a ridge augmentation procedure so that you can have the option of dental implants. During the procedure, bone graft material is inserted into this area to stimulate bone growth.
- Sinus Lift. If the wall dividing the sinus from the oral cavity is too thin for a good dental implant placement, your oral surgeon may recommend a sinus lift procedure. For this procedure, a bone graft is placed in the jaw below the sinus membrane.
- Socket preservation. When bone loss has occurred after tooth loss or an extraction, a bone grafting procedure can reinforce the bone in the empty tooth socket. Sometimes your surgeon will fill the tooth socket with bone grafting material immediately after an extraction to prepare the site for a dental implant.
- Grafting with bone morphogenetic proteins. Synthetic materials, which are created naturally in our bodies for the creation of cartilage and bone, can be used in bone grafting as a substitute for real bone, eliminating the need for banked bone or a second procedure to harvest bone from your body. These materials are safe and proven to increase the jaw bone support required for a durable dental implant placement, and include bone morphogenetic proteins, or BMPs, which we use in our practice. During BMP treatment, the grafting material is added to a sponge that is placed over the area of bone that requires bone growth. After the new bone has finished growing into the graft area, your jaw will be ready to support dental implants.
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 in San Diego, CA
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.