When a bone from your jaw atrophies this leaves you in a condition of poor quality and/or quantity of bone that is suitable for dental implants. When this does occur, many patients are candidates for bone replacement procedures, which can allow for dental implants.
Modern maxillofacial techniques give us the ability to grow new bone where needed; because of this we are able to place implants of proper length and width that will allow for function and aesthetics in areas that previously had inadequate bone.
Types of bone grafting procedures include:
Sinus Augmentation (Sinus Lift)
In this procedure, the floor of the sinus is elevated in the premolar or molar teeth area to allow for dental implants to be placed. Sometimes the implants are done at the same time as the grafting procedure, but in some cases a six month recovery period between procedures is necessary.
In severe cases where the ridge (bone) of the lower or upper jaw has been reabsorbed, a bone graft is inserted to increase the ridge height and/or width.
Grafting of an Extraction Site
After the removal of a tooth, the remaining quantity or quality of bone may not be adequate enough for an immediate placement of an implant. A graft may be placed into the extraction site immediately. After the graft has healed, an implant can be placed to replace the tooth that was removed.
Bone grafting procedures are done in an office setting and generally take 15 to 45 minutes to complete. The patient may request sedation that is combined with Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), requiring a ride to and from the appointment. Bone grafting procedures are often done in conjunction with an extraction if it is necessary to replace the tooth with an implant. The recovery time ranges from one to three days.
If you have questions regarding removal of your teeth, please call our office at (765) 289-9705, and we will be more than happy to assist you.