Bone Grafting for Dental Implants Plano, TX
A bone graft procedure involves applying a small amount of bone material to the injury site to facilitate wound healing. We perform bone grafting procedures to secure dental implants, especially in cases where the jaw's bone is not substantial enough to integrate the implant successfully.
Bone grafting for dental implants is available at Texas Implant & Dental Specialists in Plano. If an individual is receiving dental implants and needs bone grafting, we can help. Our team offers a range of treatments to restore oral health. Call us at (972) 535-6555 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Bone Grafting Procedures
Bone grafting procedures we offer include:
Guided Tissue Regeneration
Traditional gum disease treatment has involved the elimination of gum pockets by trimming the infected gum tissue and recontouring the uneven bone tissue around the infection. While this method is still effective, Texas Implant & Periodontic Center also offers guided bone regeneration, also known as guided tissue regeneration.
Periodontal disease left untreated can cause deep pockets of denigrated bone to develop in the jaw. These pockets harbor the bacteria that cause infection and can spread the infection to other teeth. To treat this disease and prevent further damage, Dr. Cueva may recommend the GTR procedure which involves a thorough cleaning of the pocket and a membrane installed between the gum tissue and the pocket in the bone. The membrane is designed to cover the pocket so gum tissue is blocked from growing but slower-growing bone can regenerate and fill the area. Schedule your new patient exam to learn more about the procedure!
The maxillary sinus is located behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. When a tooth is lost, the sinus cavity can expand into the area tooth or teeth have vacated. Because the wall between the sinus and the mouth is quite thin, this expansion can make placing a dental implant impossible without a sinus augmentation or sinus lift. During the procedure, the sinus is gently pushed upward into its proper position. The now vacated area is filled with bone graft material. This material can either be from your own body or donor tissue. Occasionally synthetic materials may be utilized. After the area has completely healed, it is possible to place the dental implant in the newly stabilized bone.
Teeth are an important part of keeping your jawbone healthy and without them, the area will begin to denigrate and resorb. This process can cause the face to appear shrunken or aged. Placing a dental implant can help prevent this process but if the area has been left untreated, it may not be possible to place a dental implant until ridge augmentation is performed. This procedure is designed to build the bone back up to an acceptable and safe level to place a dental implant.
If one of our periodontists performs your tooth extraction or sees you shortly after a tooth has been lost, he may recommend having a ridge preservation procedure performed. This procedure is designed to prevent bone resorption and help preserve the natural contours of your jawbone.
Understanding Bone Grafts
Bone grafting is a procedure that uses bone material for scaffolding or filler for new bone formation. Bone grafting promotes wound healing, whether using material from the patient's body or an artificial substitute. As new bone grows around the graft, it replaces or integrates with the surrounding tissue.
Bone grafting began as a way to heal wounded soldiers. The first bone graft was performed in 1668 when a Dutch doctor used a piece of dog bone to repair a soldier's skull fracture. The procedure was so successful that the canine bone graft was irreremovable after the bone healed.
“Bone grafting is a procedure that uses bone material as for scaffolding or filler for new bone formation.”
Bone Grafts in Dentistry
Bone grafting in dentistry allows for regeneration of the bony ridge of the jaw that contains tooth sockets, called the alveolar bone. Following tooth loss, the goal of an alveolar bone graft is to maintain the jaw's natural contour, fill in dead space, and reduce the risk of infection.
Mainly used for dental implants, a bone graft helps secure the implant and restores blood supply to surrounding tissue. For patients that have put off getting dental implants, a bone graft may be necessary to make up for the significant bone loss. Bone grafting can also help with facial reconstructions or to regenerate alveolar bone lost to gum disease or a traumatic jaw injury.
“Mainly used for dental implants, a bone graft helps secure the implant.”
Bone Graft Benefits
The benefit of bone grafting is that it harnesses the body's natural healing processes. The graft acts as a mineral reservoir, stimulating the production of growth factors and proteins to regenerate the natural bone matrix. In dentistry, bone grafts help stabilize the jawbone and prevent further bone loss.
Bone grafting is especially beneficial for dental implants as the bone graft forms a strong foundation to secure the implant. In addition, because the implant is an artificial tooth root topped with a crown, a bone graft can help integrate the implant into surrounding alveolar bone for improved outcomes. Studies indicate that quality of bone and ability to integrate are measures of implant success.
“In dentistry, bone grafts help stabilize the jawbone and prevent further bone loss.”
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Bone Grafting Procedure
In a bone graft procedure, we harvest a small amount of bone, either from the hip, tibia, or the back of the jawbone. Alternatively, a graft from another person or animal or artificial bone may be used.
Once we prepare the graft, we will make sure there is room in the gums at the site where the tooth is missing or where bone loss occurs. Next, we place the graft material between the sections of bone that need to grow together and temporarily secure special screws or dissolvable adhesive. The gum incision is then closed with stitches. New bone growth fuses with the graft until fully integrated.
“Once we prepare the graft, we will make sure there is room in the gums at the site where the tooth is missing or where bone loss occurs.”
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Bone Graft Aftercare
After a dental bone graft, the incision site is packed with gauze, which needs to be changed frequently during the first 24 hours. We will likely prescribe antibiotics to prevent possible infection, along with pain relievers. Further instructions for recovery include:
- Apply ice packs to reduce pain and swelling
- Eat soft, bland foods for the first few days
- Sleep with the head slightly elevated for the first couple of nights
- Avoid hot foods or liquids, like coffee or soup
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods, like nuts
- Refrain from participating in physical activity, especially contact sports
Patients may experience dull pain for a while, but they usually begin to feel normal after a couple of weeks. It may take a few months before the new bone is strong enough to receive a dental implant.
“Sleep with the head slightly elevated for the first couple nights.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the types of bone grafts?
A. Bone grafts are described by the source of the graft
Q. What is the general approach for dental bone grafting?
A. Autografts are the gold standard for dental grafts in which bone is usually taken from the hip, tibia, or back of the jaw. Autografts are preferred as they promote faster healing and new bone formation.
Q. What dental conditions require bone grafting?
A. While not required for every case, dental repairs that
benefit from bone grafting include:
Q. Is an autograft painful?
A. An autograft requires harvesting a small amount of bone from their own body while under anesthesia. Therefore, some post-surgical pain is expected but easily managed with medication; recovery only takes a few weeks.
Q. Are dental bone grafts safe?
A. Bone grafts are commonly used in dental surgery and are usually safe and well-tolerated. Potential risks – however rare – include infection, blood clots, nerve damage, and rejection of the bone graft.
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By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.
- Artificial tooth replacement
- A tooth made of plastic, porcelain, or metal used in a prosthetic device to replace a missing or damaged tooth..
- Bone graft
- A surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in order to repair bone fractures that are extremely complex, pose a significant health risk to the patient or fail to heal properly.
- Oral health
- The ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex.
Learn More about Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Bone grafting is a wound healing technique that has been practiced for centuries. For dental implants, bone grafting creates a stronger base and helps integrate the artificial root into the surrounding tissues, allowing for better outcomes and implant success.
If a potential patient is in search of bone grafting for dental implants in Plano, let Texas Implant & Dental Specialists help. Call us at (972) 535-6555 to learn more about our services and policies or to schedule an appointment.
Helpful Related Links
- American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). 2023
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Periodontal Disease Page. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Periodontal Disease Page. 2023
- WebMD, What Is a Periodontist?. WebMD, What Is a Periodontist?. 2023
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