What are Bone Grafts and Why Might You Need One?

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Bone grafts are frequently carried out in preparation for dental implants. Once natural teeth are extracted, the jawbone quickly changes shape, losing mass and density. This will not only changes the overall dimensions of your face, but can affect the stability and success of implants. Building up lost bone helps ensure the implants are inserted into plenty of healthy jawbone giving them an optimal chance of success. Bone can also be lost due to injury or to disease, most commonly periodontal disease which is a bacterial infection that destroys gum tissue and bone. Replacing lost bone loss not only ensures the stability of implants, can also be used to create a more aesthetically pleasing outcome.


A Bone Graft Is Nothing to Be Concerned About

Even though it might sound slightly alarming to learn you need to bone graft, it really is a very straightforward procedure. If you are a patient at D & D Periodontal Associates, P. C., Then you are in very good hands as a periodontist is specially trained to improve the jawbone where necessary and our specialist dental practice is able to carry out all sorts of different bone grafts to make sure your jawbone is ready to receive your new dental implants. There are various types of bone grafts that can be utilized, including ridge augmentation and bone regenerative procedures and sinus grafts or lifts.


Bone Grafts

A standard bone graft will simply build up the bone in areas where it is deficient. The procedure is very small and can be carried out under a local anaesthetic although we can provide additional sedation if you’d prefer. It can be used to build up the area where the implant post is due to be inserted, and sometimes it’s possible to place the implant at the same time.


Ridge Augmentation

A ridge augmentation procedure is designed to widen the bony ridge that used to hold your teeth. Sometimes this ridge can have some anomalies or sunken areas and bone grafting material helps build up the ridge so it can fully support your replacement teeth, while doing so will ensure the final results look very attractive.


Sinus Graft

Sinus grafts are carried out in patients who require dental implants to replace upper back teeth. The bone in this area tends to be thinner than in other areas of the jawbone or sometimes the sinus cavities will be quite large. There is a membrane in between the jawbone and the sinus cavity and this has to be lifted out of the way during a small surgical procedure so the resulting space can be packed with bone grafting material.

The products used by your periodontist during a bone graft are extremely safe. Often they are artificial bone grafting materials that help stimulate the body to grow new bone cells. After a while the grafting material is replaced by healthy new bone. The success rate of bone grafts is extremely high and although it’s possible it may add a little extra time to your dental implants procedure, the final results should be worth the additional effort.