If you have lost teeth but do not qualify for dental implants because of jawbone atrophy, Dr. Keith Kelley can restore your candidacy with a bone graft. At our dental practice in Troy, MI, we strive to help every patient restore their bite and so they can enjoy with confidence.
A bone grafting procedure can restore lost tissue and ensure a stable foundation for implant-supported restorations. Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically embedded in the jaw that anchor dental restorations. When placed in the jaw, implants fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. Known as osseointegration, this process is crucial to provide a stable base for implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures.
When teeth are missing for a long period of time, however, jawbone tissue begins to atrophy. Without sufficient bone tissue, dental implants cannot osseointegrate and thus cannot support restorations. However, bone grafts build lost bone back up in order to improve your chances for a successful implant treatment.
A sinus lift can rebuild lost bone tissue in the upper jaw by pushing the floor of the sinuses upward.
The type of graft we recommend for each patient depends on several factors, including the intended location for the implant and the anatomy of your jaw. During your initial implant consultation, we can take a series of scans and x-rays to assess the health and integrity of your jaw. Based on the results, Dr. Kelley can determine the ideal preparatory procedure for you before implant placement surgery.
Also known as an alveolar ridge preservation graft, this procedure is typically performed directly after a tooth extraction. By packing the socket with grafting material, the doctor can preserve tissue integrity and prevent degeneration. Typically, it takes between three and six months for a ridge graft to heal enough to support implant surgery.
The block bone or chin graft is used when a significant amount of tissue has been lost. During the procedure, a small block of bone is harvested from either the chin or the area just behind the second molars and is then transplanted to the intended location. For this procedure, Dr. Kelley typically allows four months of healing before placing your implants.
Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to having a full set of your own healthy, natural teeth.
Placing dental implants in the upper jaw offers a distinct set of challenges due to thin separation between the teeth and the sinuses. When we lose teeth, the sinuses often expand, leaving less room for bone tissue and making implant placement very difficult.
In these cases, our team can recommend patients to a surgeon who can perform a sinus lift procedure. This surgery raises the sinus floor and creates the space necessary to support dental implants. After lifting the sinus membrane, the surgeon can place grafting material in the empty space to trigger new bone growth. Most patients require six to nine months of healing after a sinus lift before implant surgery.
Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to having a full set of your own healthy, natural teeth. If you have been told you do not have sufficient jawbone density for dental implants, a bone grafting procedure can restore your candidacy for this life-changing treatment. For more information about bone grafting and the other restorative procedures we provide, call our office at (248) 918-0594 or contact us online today.
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