Dental Implants & Bone Grafting
Posted on 5/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
|BiteLock knows that implants can be tricky business. Missing teeth can cause all kinds of problems, including even further bone loss. However, this kind of problem can still be dealt with. We have several options when it comes to bone loss or shallow jawbones. One of these options is bone grafting or bone augmentation. If you require bone-grafting, then give us a call today. We can help direct you toward your best options and can help you every step of the way, from diagnosis to procedure to the healing afterward. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.
Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
If you need bone grafting, you have experienced some tooth loss, and likely, this is leading to more bone loss. This can happen for any number of reasons, though. Something as simple as cavities can lead to much worse problems and infections. Gum disease can also lead to tooth or bone loss. You could also have simply had a tooth knocked out due to an injury of some kind, or maybe you are missing a tooth from an issue when developing. Whatever the reason is, we are here to help it heal. Now, if you have a procedure done to repair the gap, an implant is necessary. This is an appliance that is implanted directly into your jaw bone. However, if your jaw is too weak, then a bone graft may be necessary.
What Happens During a Bone-Graft?
To start, there are several options to pick between for supplying the graft. Most often, bone for the graft is taken from another part of your jaw to be put where the implant needs to go. However, there is not always enough bone to go around. In cases like this, there are more options. One is to take bone from your tibia or your hip. Both places have the proper cells to spur bone growth. However, hips require the use of anesthesia and a hospital stay. If you aren’t big on surgeries, you may decide to go with something synthetic, or another great option is a cadaver bone.
Once you have made your decision and you are ready for the process to begin, you will be placed under anesthesia via IV. You will have a cone beam CT scan, and then there will be two incisions, one in the gums to see how much bone is needed, and one (if you decided to go this route) where the bone will be extracted. We will take a bone block, either from the donor site or the cadaver bone, and will screw it to the recipient site, where the bone needs to grow. Then, we will close the incision.
Recovery for these types of procedures vary. You will be given antibiotics and pain medication, and there may be some foods to avoid to keep the area from being disturbed. It depends on each patient. BiteLock will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, so feel free to give us a call today at (972) 594-7414!