Maintain Facial Bone Structure After Tooth Loss
Whether you have lost a single tooth or several teeth from gum disease, an accident, or tooth decay, you are at a high risk of losing jaw bone tissue around the areas where the tooth is missing. We perform bone grafting procedures at West Highland Dental Care and may recommend a bone graft, or sinus lift, as part of your treatment plan. This is especially true if you are planning to get dental implants to replace these missing teeth. Dental implants are fused to the jaw bone directly, so if there is not enough bone available you might not qualify for implants or the placement could be unstable.
Our team has extensive experience performing bone grafting surgery and tooth replacement procedures. Using some of the latest technologies and protocols in the industry our dentist, Dr. Hanson successfully places hundreds of implants a year. He has helped patients with bone loss rebuild their smiles and is here to create a customized treatment plan that will help you preserve your smile for years to come.
Creating a Solid Foundation for Dental Implants
Many patients with missing teeth must undergo a bone grafting procedure, such as a sinus lift or ridge augmentation, before we can place dental implants. This is because tooth loss can cause jaw bone loss so there may not be enough bone available to support one or more implants. We use advanced technologies and guided implant surgery techniques to detect the level of bone available and place dental implants with precision. Once we have identified the areas with bone loss, we can perform a bone graft in the lower jaw and a sinus lift or ridge augmentation to add bone around the upper jaw and sinus cavity.
Benefits of Bone Grafting Include:
- Rebuilds bone structure
- Creates a stable foundation for dental implants
- Can prevent further bone loss
- Safe and effective for most patients
- Preserves facial structure
- Improves candidacy for dental implants
Undergoing a Bone Graft or Sinus Lift
Your surgery may be scheduled several months prior to dental implant surgery so there is enough time for the bone to heal. Dental bone grafts are typically performed under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation so you can completely relax during your surgery. We will employ one of several grafting techniques to rebuild the bone structure and, if needed, create ample space to accommodate dental implants.