The term “bone graft” sounds really scary, but today I’m going to share a little information that will take away the fear. I’m going to try to show you that dental bone grafting in San Diego is a great option that helps make all kinds of other beautiful dental-related things possible. Let’s focus on the positive when it comes to replacing bone for dental reasons.
Little, Medium and Large Dental Bone Grafts
In the instance of a missing tooth or teeth, a few things can happen. First of all, it’s important to understand that your jawbone is what holds your teeth in place. If you are missing a tooth, you want to replace it with something, usually a dental implant or a bridge.
Once a tooth is removed, the bone doesn’t have anything to support it. Over time, it begins to slowly erode until it creates a hollow or a basin-shaped divot in the jawbone. If you try to place a bridge or a dental implant in a spot where the natural bone and gum tissue level is much lower than the surrounding areas, it’s going to look strange.
Little Bone Graft: In the case of a lost tooth, there are a couple of ways to ensure that you will not lose excess bone height and width. Ideally, your dentist or oral surgeon will remove the damaged tooth and preserve the bone in the area using simple bone grafting in San Diego. In this procedure, demineralized sterile human bone granules are packed into the tooth socket immediately after tooth extraction. Over the next several weeks, your own bone will fill the tooth socket and preserve the bone height long enough for you to have the area restored.
Medium Bone Grafts: If the tooth (or teeth) were removed years ago, there is likely some bone loss hampering the restoration of the area. A slightly more involved bone graft may be needed. In this case, the area of the missing tooth is opened with a small incision, the bone surface is prepared, and demineralized bone graft granules are used to reinforce the area. Many surgeons prefer to use a little bit of the patient’s own bone in this procedure in order to ensure the best results possible.
Large Bone Graft: Patients who have been missing many teeth for an extended period of time often experience advanced bone loss that prohibits adequate restoration of the teeth. In denture wearers, the lower jawbone often recedes so severely that their dentures no longer fit properly. These patients can no longer wear a denture successfully and do not have enough bone to place dental implants. Extensive bone grafting is necessary in order to restore the missing teeth and the patient’s quality of life.
Dental Bone Grafting in San Diego Makes New Teeth Possible
Although bone grafting is a surgical procedure that can sometimes be rather extensive, it plays an important role in making new teeth possible. In the not so distant past, patients without adequate bone height or width for tooth replacement with dental implants were simply told they couldn’t have them.
These people didn’t want to wear dentures or go toothless forever. Luckily the art and science of implant dentistry has brought us these highly specialized and successful techniques in order to restore what was lost and make it possible to have a beautiful smile.
If you would like to determine if you are a candidate for bone grafting in San Diego, call our office today to schedule a consultation. Bone grafting may be temporary, but being able to eat, laugh, talk and smile lasts a lifetime!