Bone grafting is a method of restoring bone that has atrophied over time. If too much bone loss occurs, sometimes it is not possible to securely or successfully place a dental implant to replace your tooth.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
- Socket Preservation- Socket preservation procedures are a more preventative approach to bone grafting. These bone grafts are placed immediately after a tooth is extracted to ensure that bone loss does not occur after the tooth is removed.
- Tunnel Graft- A tunnel graft increases the width of the alveolar ridge, which is the bone beneath the gums that holds your teeth (and implant) in place. During a tunnel graft, the gum tissue is separated from the alveolar bone, a membrane is paced, and bone graft material is placed in the space between to allow for new bone to grow.
- Sinus Lift- A sinus lift or sinus augmentation procedure is often necessary when a patient needs dental implants to replace their upper molars. The maxillary sinuses are located above the rear molars. The bony wall that separates the sinus from the mouth is often very thin, making it difficult to place a dental implant without damaging the sinus or causing complications. A sinus lift procedure creates adequate space and volume of bone for a dental implant.
Dr. Jacks will discuss the specifics of your case:
- Review your health history.
- Perform a clinical exam and review any necessary x-rays.
- Discuss the appropriate level of anesthesia ( local numbing shots, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation).
- Pre-op and Post-op details.
- Scheduling and fees.