Over time when teeth are missing from the mouth the bone in the area of the missing teeth can deteriorate in quality and quantity. This may make it difficult to place dental implants to replace missing teeth or adequately retain a denture.
To prepare these areas for restoration it may be necessary to add bone to your existing jaw – this is referred to as bone grafting or bone augmentation. It is now possible to augment areas of missing bone so the areas can be more ideally restored.
Bone Grafting Procedures
The two most common bone grafting procedures are sinus lift and ridge augmentation.
A sinus lift is performed when there is not adequate space for dental implant placement between the patient’s mouth and sinus floor under dental extractions. During this procedure the sinus membrane or floor of the sinus is elevated and then bone graft material is added in order to increase the height of the bone in the area for future implant placement.
A ridge augmentation is performed in order to increase the height or width of the upper and/or lower jaw. Bone grafting procedures may be performed at the time of implant placement or prior to implant placement. The timing of the bone graft is specific to each surgical case and this will be discussed during your consultation.
Where Does The Bone Come From?
There are various sources where the bone being added my be obtained. In some cases it is possible to harvest bone from other areas in your own mouth. However in most cases the bone grafting material comes from other sources.
At the time of your consult your doctor will discuss all of these options with you. In addition the risks, benefits and complications of the procedure will be discussed. Contact Concord & Lexington to book an appointment today.