Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
A bone graft may be required to create a stable base for dental implant placement. Bone grafting can halt the progression of gum disease, or to make the smile appear more aesthetically pleasing.
The four most common types of dental bone grafts:
Autogenous Bone Graft
Reasons for bone grafting
There are a wide variety of reasons why bone grafting is needed.
- Dental implants – Implants are the preferred replacement method for missing teeth because they restore full functionality to the mouth; however, implants need to be firmly anchored to the jawbone to be effective. If the jawbone lacks the necessary quality or quantity of bone, bone grafting can strengthen and thicken the implant site.
- Sinus lift graft – A sinus lift entails elevating the sinus membrane and grafting bone onto the sinus floor so that upper molar implants can be placed.
- Ridge augmentation – Bone defects can occur due to trauma, injury, birth defects, or severe gum disease. The bone graft is used to fill in the bone ridge and make the jawbone a uniform shape.
- Nerve repositioning – If the inferior alveolar nerve is in the way of placing implants in the back molar area, the nerve can be moved out of the way. The inferior alveolar nerve allows feeling and sensation in the lower chin and lip.
What does the dental bone grafting procedure look like?
Initially, the bone graft material needs to either be harvested from your jaw or processed by a cadaver bone bank. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone. The bone grafting material is then placed at the affected site with membranes and/or screws. Sutures are always needed. Bone grafting is a usually done under sedation.
Some bone grafts can be done through a minimally invasive tunnel incision. Antibiotics are usually needed for bone grafts.
Dr. Amin has a reputation for growing bone when others can not. Bone grafting is a skill mastered by very few dentists.
The jaw bone regeneration process may be aided by:
inner and outermost layers of the amniotic membrane, the only barrier between the mother and fetus, protecting both from each another’s immune system and infection. We use this natural product for many bone grafting procedures with great success.