When teeth are lost, the bone that once supported them, begins to "resorb" or shrink away.
Over time, this leaves a missing tooth gap or entire dental arch with an insufficient volume of jawbone for dental implant rehabilitation. In many cases it is possible to rebuild this deficient bone.
Available surgical procedures include:
- Socket grafting / preserving bone at the time of tooth removal
- Rebuilding a dental ridge with a bone grafting operation to allow for eventual placement of dental implants
Specific procedures provided by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons include:
- Socket Preservation Procedures
- Ridge Augmentation (onlay bone grafts)
- Sinus floor bone grafting
- Mandibular nerve repositioning
Depending on the complexity and duration of these surgical procedures, some are provided in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon's office while others are performed in the hospital.
Following tooth extraction, socket grafting can help preserve bone volume and also speed healing for eventual implant placement.
Autogenous on-lay bone grafting rebuilds lost, atrophied or otherwise degenerated portions of the jaw bone.
Each of these regenerative surgeries can improve long term implant rehabilitation and may enhance the overall cosmetic result.
Have you been told you do not have enough bone for dental implant rehabilitation?
Call our office to see if you might be a candidate for any of these advanced surgical procedures.