The First Step Toward Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the most ideal tooth replacement option in dentistry today. Due to their permanency and long-term health benefits, we often recommend dental implants for patients missing one or more teeth. The strength and density of the jaw bone are directly related to the long-term function of implants, however, and many patients who want to replace their missing teeth have bone that is too weak and thin to support an implant. When this happens, our bone grafting procedures are the first step in the implant treatment process. With a team of experienced dentists led by our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Kevin Guze, we have the knowledge and specialized training to complete any necessary bone grafting procedures. Done in the comfort of our Milford, MA office, our bone grafting is designed to ensure the long-term success of your implants and a complete return of your smile to normal function and health!
Our Bone Grafting Procedures
Bone grafting is a term for many different types of procedures, all designed to return your existing jaw bone to proper density, strength, and volume. In general, bone grafting describes taking a portion of bone from your body or bone material from donor source and using it to build up proper jaw height and width. This can be accomplished through different techniques, namely a sinus lift or ridge augmentation, depending on the location and extensiveness of your bone loss.
A tooth lost from the upper back part of the jaw will cause the bone to resorb, losing both height and volume. As the bone resorbs, the sinus membrane will fill the expanded space. A sinus lift uses a portion of the bone to lift up the membrane so that bone material can be placed beneath to restore proper height.
One or more missing teeth in a row and subsequent resorption of the bone can leave a large portion of the jaw ridge weak and thin. Before implants can be placed, block grafts are positioned at the site, then covered with a collagen strip and sutured. The healed ridge is strong enough to support one or more implants.