Restore Your Implant Candidacy with a Dental Bone Graft
Patients suffering from insufficient jawbone density may find that they are not suitable candidates for dental implants. Fortunately, a dental bone graft can restore their candidacy for this life-changing tooth restoration method. Since dental implants rely on surrounding bone for support, adequate jawbone tissue is crucial to the success of your implant-supported restoration. At Pampered Smiles in Atlanta, GA, Dr. J.D. Murray and Dr. William Alexander can perform virtually all stages of implant treatment—including bone grafting procedures—to ensure strong, healthy implant placement.
Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?
When an implant post is placed, it undergoes a process known as osseointegration. During osseointegration, the small titanium post fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, making it a permanent part of your anatomy. For this process to be successful, you must have sufficiently dense jawbone tissue to support the post. When a tooth is lost, resources are rerouted to other parts of the body, causing the jawbone to atrophy. A dental bone graft can replace lost tissue and restore your ability to receive an implant-supported restoration. Patients receiving implants in their upper jaw may need an additional procedure to lift their sinuses for effective placement.
Determining Your Candidacy
Before beginning dental implants treatment, you will need to visit our office for an initial consultation with Dr. Murray or Alexander. During the appointment, we will take detailed scans and x-rays of your jaw to assess the density of the tissue. You can also discuss your goals and concerns with your dentist at this time. Based on the scans and your specific needs, Dr. Murray or Alexander can determine the optimal procedure for you.
If you have been told you are not a candidate for dental implants due to jawbone density issues, a bone graft may be the solution for you.
Bone Grafting Options
An alveolar ridge preservation, or socket graft, is typically performed after a tooth extraction to maintain the space left by the tooth. After the extraction, the socket is packed with bone grafting material. Over the next three to six months, the grafting material is resorbed by the body and replaced with natural bone tissue. Once your jaw has fully healed, you can move on to the next stage of implant treatment.
Block Bone Grafts
When larger quantities of tissue have been lost, a block bone graft, or autogenous ramus/chin graft, can be performed to restore bone density. During this procedure, a block of bone is harvested from the chin or the mandibular ramus, the area where wisdom teeth reside. Then the small block of bone is transferred to the area of deficiency. Dr. Murray and Alexander typically wait at least four months after performing a block bone graft before scheduling your dental implant surgery to ensure proper healing.
Also know as a subantral graft, a sinus lift is performed when the sinuses are too close to the jawbone for implant placement. During a sinus lift procedure, Dr. Murray or Alexander will create a small window to access the sinus cavity. Then he will gently lift the sinus floor and pack the space left with bone grafting material before closing the window with sutures. Typically, it takes six to nine months for patients to heal after a sinus lift before implant placement can occur.
A Solid Implant Base
If you have been told you are not a candidate for dental implants due to jawbone density issues, a bone graft may be the solution for you. At Pampered Smiles, we believe everyone should benefit from the security and stability provided by implant-supported restorations. For more information about bone grafts and our other restorative dentistry procedures, call our office at (404) 349-7889 or contact us online today.
"As a family practice, we understand the importance of providing treatments for patients of any age. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and implant treatments."Dr. Murray