Increase Eligibility for Dental Implants with Bone Grafting
Some patients are ineligible for dental implants due to low jawbone density. This type of bone degradation is a common result of tooth loss. However, insufficient jawbone density can also be attributed to trauma, periodontal disease, or genetics. A bone grafting procedure performed by Dr. Paul V. Archacki at our Boynton Beach, FL, practice can enhance jawbone volume and increase eligibility for dental implants.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting offers a number of advantages for our patients. For example:
- Once healed, grafted bone functions just like natural bone.
- Placing a bone graft in the socket immediately after an extraction can preserve the bone ridge. This prevents collapse of the bone walls and prepares the site for a dental implant in the future.
- Bone grafting can augment the bone ridge, adding height, width, and volume. Therefore, individuals who have sustained years of tooth loss can become eligible for teeth replacement through dental implants.
- Dental implants placed into grafted bone have incredibly high success rates. In fact, the results are similar to implants placed into natural bone tissue.
Individuals who want to replace missing teeth with dental implants but do not have adequate bone density are usually eligible for bone grafting. Due to the nature of the procedure, candidates must be in good general health and be physically able to undergo oral surgery. Additionally, if gum disease is present, the infection must be addressed immediately.
Individuals who want to replace missing teeth with dental implants but do not have adequate bone density are usually eligible for bone grafting.
It is important to understand that, while bone grafting significantly increases dental implant eligibility, it does not guarantee success. Therefore, patients should consider this before choosing to undergo surgery. If dental implants are not a viable teeth replacement option, Dr. Archacki can discuss alternative options with you.
To determine your candidacy, scans and x-rays will be taken during your initial consultation. These radiographs will help Dr. Archacki determine which areas of the jaw require reinforcement and how much bone will be necessary to achieve the desired outcome.
About the Bone Grafting Procedure
To begin the bone grafting procedure, Dr. Archacki numbs the area with local anesthesia. Patients can choose to complete the procedure under nitrous oxide sedation to maximize comfort. If you opt for sedation, it will also be administered at this point. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Archacki creates a small incision in the gums to access the jawbone. The bone grafting material is then added. Finally, after repositioning the gums, the incisions are closed with sutures.
In some instances, patients may require a sinus lift, which is a specialized type of bone graft. This treatment is necessary if the maxillary sinus has dropped too low. After accessing the sinus membrane, it is gently raised to the appropriate position and bone grafting material is added underneath to support it.
Most bone grafts require several months of healing before dental implants can be placed. During this time, the bone graft integrates with the natural bone tissue, creating a firm, solid foundation for the implant posts. The timeline can vary depending on the needs of the individual. However, in most cases, six to nine months of healing time is necessary.
Is Bone Grafting Right for You?
Have you been told you do not qualify for dental implants due to bone recession? If so, a bone grafting procedure may increase your eligibility. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Archacki, contact us online or call our office at (561) 736-1177.
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