When you lose a tooth or have one extracted, your jawbone begins to deteriorate right away. The breakdown occurs because living tissue depends on stimulation to constantly rebuild itself and maintain its size. In the case of your jawbone, this much-needed stimulation comes from chewing provided by your teeth. If your jaw is left untreated after losing a tooth, we will need to build its mass and structure back up with a bone graft to prepare for implant placement.
Dental implant placement requires sufficient jawbone mass and structure. Without adequate bone mass, dental implants have the potential to fail early or have difficulty fusing with the jawbone. For this reason, bone grafting is sometimes necessary before an implant can be placed. When an implant is placed in a jawbone with ample mass, the life of the new implant includes stability, durability, and longevity.
When we place a dental implant on the same day as the bone graft, we:
Bone grafting is a routine, comfortable, and safe procedure performed daily in our office, most often in preparation for dental implant placement. The process, which involves rebuilding the jaw with bone grafting materials, is quick and easy. Whether your situation requires a minor or major bone grafting treatment, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with us.
Extracting a tooth in a way that promotes healthy recovery and ensures stabilized bone mass for a tooth replacement requires skill and proper techniques. At DC Pearls Dental Boutique, our implant dentist knows the value of socket preservation which helps to supplement existing bone and maintain the structure of the ridge when a tooth is extracted. When it comes to removing teeth, we are experts in preserving as much bone as possible while adding bone replacement material to the extraction site to prevent the collapse of the socket.
It’s not uncommon for a patient who needs a dental implant to have an inadequate upper jaw. When the region that was originally occupied by the bicuspid or molar teeth cannot accommodate the physical dimensions of an implant tooth, we use a membrane graft to bulk up the area. The insufficient volume of the upper jaw may be due to the patient’s anatomy, bone resorption after an extraction, or post-surgical processes. We perform sinus lifts to increase the thickness of the bone and lift the sinus membrane so as to create a structure suitable to support an implant.