Creating a Foundation for Dental Implants
Tooth loss, gum disease, and oral trauma can all cause complications to the jaw bone, oftentimes making dental implant surgery difficult, especially if a significant volume of bone has been lost. Because the success of dental implants directly correlates with the level of bone, certain measures may have to be taken beforehand to ensure the longevity and stability of the dental implants. We plan each bone grafting procedure to provide the best possible foundation for implants, along with restoring the proper height and width of the bone ridge, if necessary. We incorporate platelet rich fibrin into our bone grafting treatment to ensure greater success and a faster recovery.
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting has many benefits, including preparing the way for dental implant placement. When one or more teeth are lost, the jaw bone begins to recede without proper stimulation from tooth roots. While dental implants successfully restore this stimulation, proper levels of bone must be present before surgery can take place. Bone grafting also prevents other teeth from shifting or sinking into the space, along with preserving facial shape. The following may be used in conjunction with bone grafting.
PIEZOSURGERY uses ultrasonic vibrations to precisely cut bone without causing trauma to the surrounding soft tissue. This helps reduce the invasiveness of the treatment, with less risk for bone fracture, bleeding during and after treatment, and improved healing.
Platelet Rich Fibrin
Created from the patient’s own blood, platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is a high concentration of the healing proteins that have been separated from the blood in a centrifuge. PRF accelerates the healing process and protects against infection while the site heals.
Bone that is lost in the upper back part of the jaw may not have enough volume to support a dental implant due to a sinking sinus cavity. A sinus lift moves this cavity up, allowing for bone grafting material to be placed underneath to restore bone height.
When significant jaw bone loss has occurred, ridge preservation helps to restore a more even jaw bone line, along with restoring proper bone volume and height. For a single location or the whole ridge, augmentation improves the shape and size of the jaw bone.
When a tooth is extracted, an empty socket remains. During socket preservation, bone grafting material is placed into this space to prevent the jaw bone from receding. This also ensures that the jaw bone will not lose shape or volume without tooth stimulation.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
Guided tissue regeneration is performed along with a bone grafting procedure. Once bone material is in place, a barrier membrane is placed at the site to prevent gum tissue from interfering with the new bone growth and the tooth during the healing process.
A Master of Jaw Bone Restoration
An expert in implant dentistry, Dr. Michael Sohl also has extensive knowledge of the structures of the jaw bone and how they relate to the success of dental implants. He also considers how bone grafting will affect the facial structure and plans treatment with both this and dental implant surgery in mind. Dr. Sohl also takes great care when planning treatment to provide any subsequent procedures to further ensure that the correct volume of jaw bone is restored to provide the most aesthetic and functional benefits. Even if you are not considering dental implants, bone grafting can help halt the aesthetic damage tooth loss brings to the facial appearance.