Expertise in Bone Grafting Procedures
Bone grafting is an outpatient procedure, meaning we routinely perform all types of bone grafting treatment options right in our office. Our board-certified oral surgery-periodontal team of specialists bring two unique backgrounds to each procedure, and together help to ensure that your treatment is less invasive, more comfortable, and as safe and beneficial as possible. We have the knowledge of hard tissue structures and the expertise to restore bone volume in your jaw. If you have lost bone due to missing teeth or disease and are interested in dental implants, bone grafting can help ensure candidacy and provide the best foundation for dental implant placement in the future.
Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
When a tooth is pulled or lost, it no longer provides the stimulation needed to keep the jaw bone healthy and strong. Almost immediately, the site of the missing tooth begins to resorb, causing the bone to lose both height and width. The loss of one tooth can lead to the shifting of other teeth, but when two or more teeth are missing, bone loss can become extensive and problematic. While dental implants are the ideal solution in tooth replacement, bone grafting is the only way the jaw bone can be rebuilt to restore proper volume and height. Many times, our patients who have experienced jaw bone loss after gum disease, oral trauma, or tooth loss, become candidates for dental implants after undergoing a bone grafting procedure.
The benefits of bone grafting include:
• Prevents further bone loss
• Preserves the jaw bone ridge
• Restores proper bone volume
• Strengthens existing bone
• Prepares the jaw for dental implants
The Bone Grafting Process
We strive to make our bone grafting process as minimally invasive as possible, using samples of bone tissue from your own mouth and incorporating platelet rich growth factors (processed from a sample of your own blood) to help create the best environment for healthy integration and healing. We place bone tissue, collected either from your own mouth or from a donor source, in the areas that need rebuilding and cover the graft with a membrane strip. During the healing process, the two bone structures will fuse together to restore original volume to the area. We provide sedation dentistry options to help you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
We may recommend the following in conjunction with bone grafting:
• Sinus lift/augmentation
• Ridge lift/augmentation
• Guided tissue regeneration