Bone grafting procedures rebuild the bone structure in a patient’s jaw and provide a supportive foundation for dental implant placement. A bone graft is most often necessary for implant patients whose teeth have been missing for an extended length of time. The probability of bone loss in the jaw increases when teeth are missing because the bone loses the stimulation from chewing that it needs to remain healthy.
Fortunately, bone grafting can restore the jaw’s height and width and allow for successful implant placement. If you’re interested in dental implants but lack proper jaw bone support, we encourage you to contact our office in Dallas, TX. Bone grafting can make implant placement possible for many patients who previously thought they were not candidates. Dr. Phillips or Dr. Ray can examine your jaw at your consultation and determine which bone grafting procedure fits your needs.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
We offer four main types of bone grafting, and your individual condition will determine which treatment is right for you. When you visit our office for a consultation, your doctor will explain more about what each procedure entails according to your specific needs. You can read a little bit about each type of bone grafting below.
When patients lose a tooth or teeth in the upper back of the mouth, our oral surgeons will most likely perform a sinus lift. The bone that separates the sinuses from our upper molars is incredibly thin, which makes dental implant placement difficult. However, oral surgeons can perform a sinus lift, which allows them to lift the sinus floor and place new bone, creating a thicker and sturdier foundation for dental implants.
Socket preservation is usually performed after a tooth extraction to prevent bone loss from occurring. The jaw bone needs stimulation from teeth to remain healthy, so after an extraction, it’s important to preserve the socket to maintain the bone. Once the bone graft heals, patients can return for a dental implant without worrying about having enough jaw bone for support.
The alveolar ridges are the bones that support your upper and lower rows of teeth. In some patients, they require enlarging before they can support the placement of dental implants. A ridge augmentation increases both the height and width of the alveolar ridges.
Major Bone Grafts
In more severe cases of bone loss, a major bone grafting procedure may be necessary. Facial trauma injuries, facial tumors, birth defects, or severe gum infection typically require a more extensive bone graft. Our oral surgeons can harvest bone from another area of the body, such as the hip, or use an artificial bone substitute.
Bone Grafts in Dallas, TX
Dr. Phillips and Dr. Ray have been placing bone grafts for many years, and they trained for years to be experts in their field. If you need a bone graft procedure, we encourage you to contact our office. Our staff can answer any questions you may have and help you schedule an appointment at our office in Dallas, TX.