We Provide Bone Grafting for Dental Implants Patients
Because the jaw can lose bone mass in the absence of tooth roots, many patients first require bone grafting for dental implants. Our Wilmington office can determine whether bone grafting is necessary for you, and provide the care you need to set the stage for a restored smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment with our dentists today.
When Bone Grafting Becomes Necessary
Bone grafting supplements your jaw bone with donor tissue after it has become too weakened by atrophy. Just as unused muscles begin to atrophy over time, the jaw bone will begin to degenerate when missing teeth are not promptly addressed. Dental implants not only provide the foundation for dentures and crowns, but also stimulate the jaw bone so it does not continue to atrophy.
There are several bone grafting techniques that can be used, depending upon the severity of a patient's bone degeneration. Drs. Emmi and Dougherty can determine what type of preparatory treatments you need by using their X-ray technology and an oral evaluation. In addition to traditional bone grafting, some patients require sinus lifting, which increases the amount of bone in the upper jaw so that one or more implants may be placed without interfering with the sinus cavities.
Once you have received your bone graft and dental implants, you will no longer have to worry about jaw atrophy.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
After numbing your gums and jaw bone with a local anesthetic, your oral surgeon will create incisions and carefully lift your soft tissues to expose the underlying jaw bone. Next, a piece of bone - either donor tissue or tissue harvested from another part of your body, such as your hip - will be placed. Your surgeon may apply a protein solution to stimulate fusion of the graft to the bone. After the grafting procedure is complete, your surgeon will lay the tissues back down over your newly supplemented jaw bone, and secure the tissues with sutures.
During the next several weeks, your incisions will heal, and your jaw bone will bond with the bone graft. In the days following your bone grafting procedure, you may experience some swelling and soreness. Your surgeon will provide anti-inflammatory and pain medication if necessary. You can also mitigate symptoms with ice packs and by sleeping with your head elevated. You will have a follow-up appointment a few days following surgery to ensure you are healing properly. Once healing is complete, you can undergo dental implant surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn more about bone grafting and dental implants, contact Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates today.