There is so much information in the media and on the Internet about dental implants and bone grafting that it can be somewhat confusing for patients. In many cases, bone grafting is necessary to achieve optimal functional and esthetic results with dental implant treatment.
Foundation for Dental Implant Placement
Many times due to progressive disease, infection or trauma, bone and soft tissue are lost in areas around the teeth. In addition, when teeth are removed and not replaced with dental implants, the bone that supported these teeth resorbs, or deteriorates.
When it is not possible to place dental implants as a result of insufficient bone to provide the solid foundation necessary, a graft using bone from another area of the mouth, or synthetic bone, can be placed to improve the site for implant placement. This bone augmentation procedure can usually be accomplished at the same time as implant placement so that no additional surgical procedures are necessary.
Improvement of Anterior Esthetics
When the bone is thin, such as the bone beneath the gum tissue above the upper front teeth, it resorbs, or deteriorates, much quicker leading to a visible defect. When multiple anterior teeth are missing, the bone resorption eventually leads to collapse of the lip, which affects the facial profile.
Long-term scientific and clinical studies by the leaders in implant dentistry show that in most cases, esthetics in the front of the mouth are greatly enhanced with bone grafting. For patients who have lost bone, it is possible to increase or replace the bone with grafting techniques and successfully place implants. In addition, the defects in the bone can be corrected to create favorable facial contours and tissue support in order to achieve optimal esthetic results.
Preservation of Bone Following Surgical Tooth Removal
If you are facing impending tooth loss, our doctors are able to surgically remove the tooth using a special technique that minimizes discomfort and promotes rapid healing. This technique also preserves the bone surrounding the tooth, which is critical for implant placement.
The socket that remains when a tooth is removed is sometimes grafted to facilitate healing and preserve a significant amount of gum tissue that would normally shrink during the healing period of the socket were allowed to collapse.