In order for dental implants to be successful, the jawbone must have enough bone to support the implant. Thanks to advances in dental technology, we now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This enables us to place implants of proper length and width while restoring functionality and aesthetic appearance.
When Bone Grafts Are Needed
When teeth are lost as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, dental cavities, infections, injury, trauma or a defect in development, it can lead to bone loss over time. When there is not enough bone remaining to adequately support a dental implant, your periodontist will first do a bone graft to create enough bone to support the implant.
The area where the bone will be removed, as well as the location where the bone will be augmented is numbed using local anesthesia. An incision is made in the gums around the area where the bone will be augmented. This is done so the periodontist can see exactly how much bone will be needed prior to harvesting it.
Next, a cut is made in the gums below the lower front teeth in order to expose the chin bone. The periodontist will then remove a part of the bone along with any bone marrow. Stitches are used to close the incision. The removed bone from the chin will be anchored in place in the jawbone with small titanium screws.
After the procedure, you will be given antibiotics and pain medication. It is advised you follow a restricted diet of soft foods. Bone grafts typically take between six and nine months to heal completely. Your dental implants are not placed until your mouth has healed completely.
Please contact Silverlake Dental Center to learn more about this treatment.