Bone grafting is often closely associated with dental restorations including dental implants. In the majority of cases, the success of a restoration procedure can hinge on the height, depth, and width of the jawbone at the site. When the jawbone has receded or sustained significant damage, the implant(s) cannot be supported on this unstable foundation and bone grafting is usually recommended for the ensuing restoration.
There are several major factors that affect the amount of bone in the jaw including periodontal disease, injuries and infections, and loss of teeth. Bone grafting is a highly successful procedure in most cases and it is also a preferable alternative to having missing teeth, diseased teeth, or tooth deformities. Bone grafting can increase the height or width of the jawbone and fill in voids and defects in the bone.
Initially, the dentist will thoroughly examine the affected area in order to assess the general condition of the teeth and gums. If periodontal disease is present or the adjacent teeth are in poor condition, these factors will be fully addressed before the bone grafting procedure can begin. The dentist will also recommend x-rays in order to assess the precise depth and width of the existing bone. On occasion, a 3D scan may be recommended to determine the bone condition. Based on the exam and x-rays your dentist will determine the best type of grafting for your particular condition.
What Does Bone Grafting Involve?
The bone grafting procedure can often take several months to complete. This is because once the graft material has been placed it takes the body time to heal and allow the bone to become solid and stable for an implant. Supplementing the jaw with bone will result in greater bone mass to help support and anchor the implant(s).
Dr. Fort and Dr. Fernandez have both been trained in bone grafting procedures and based on your current situation can find an appropriate treatment to help you meet your goals. If you have questions, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We are here to answer your questions and provide the treatment you deserve!