Exploring Bone Grafting Procedures For Dental Implants

29 December 2014
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog


A successful candidate for dental implants is in good overall health, has a strong immune system and has healthy, dense bones, especially in the jaw. The patient that is healthy and has a strong immunity has fewer chances of developing infections at the site of implants and has fewer chances of their body rejecting the implant. However, what about a healthy person with strong immunity that needs more bone density? Learn more about bone grafting procedures used to prepare some patients for dental implants.

Ridge Preservation: Bone Grafting After A Tooth Extraction

The extraction of a front tooth can be devastating because it is obvious to everyone. Front tooth loss can have a severe impact on the sufferer's self-esteem. However, when a tooth is extracted, the bone surrounding it begins a process called resorption.

During resorption, the bone that is only intended to anchor a tooth begins to fade, leaving nothing for an implant to be secured in. Ridge preservation involves the insertion of freeze dried bone grafting material in the extraction void for stimulating the creation of live bone. Once the live bone has taken hold, a period of anywhere between three to six months, a dental implant can be inserted without incident.

Sinus Lift Procedure For Grafting Bone

The top teeth, especially the incisors and cuspids, are close to the sinus cavities. In order for these teeth to be replaced with an implant, a bone graft must take place that involves lifting the floor of the sinus cavity up. A small incision is made into the area beneath the lifted sinus, the void being filled with a material used for stimulating the growth of live bone. Patients considering this procedure should know it has been done for a long time and does not in any way affect the sinuses.

Harvesting Bone: An Autogenous Grafting Procedure

In some people, bone loss can be enough to consider autogenous bone grafting. Autogenous grafting is a procedure that involves taking some of the patient's own bone and placing in the gum area where bone is needed for an implant. Most people have small pieces of bone removed from their chin or from the site of a tooth extraction for placement in toothless voids. This procedure has been found to be successful in the growth of new bone sufficient for inserting dental implants. In many patients, autogenous heals faster and has a lower incidence of infection and rejection by the body.

Patients successfully recovering from dental implant procedures can enjoy smiling without worrying about it, easily chewing their food and having a lower risk of facial aging due to missing teeth. Learning more about dental implants and if you are a candidate for getting them is important for your oral health and self-confidence. For more information, visit http://www.ryanperio.com