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Bone Grafting Spring Lake, MI

Restore lost jawbone density with bone grafting, before dental implant placement procedure.
Bone Graft

Dental implants are an excellent way to restore your smile after missing teeth. However, some patients may require a bone graft before the procedure, since the implants are attached to the jawbone. 

To determine if you need bone grafting, visit our dentist for a detailed exam and x-rays. We will assess your oral health to determine the best method for your smile. Book your appointment with our dental implant dentist today.

What is bone augmentation?

Bone augmentation builds up your jawbone density and strength, ensuring that the bone can support a dental implant. There are several ways to perform this procedure depending on your oral health needs.

Why does the jawbone lose density?

Resorption is the most common reason why the jawbone loses density. Some people experience up to 25% bone density loss in the jaw, which can worsen over time after losing a tooth. 

Teeth naturally stimulate the jawbone, signaling to the brain that the jaw is necessary for holding the teeth. When you lose a tooth, jaw bone stimulation decreases or goes away, so the body naturally takes calcium from the jawbone to use in the rest of your body. 

Fortunately, some procedures can reduce or prevent jaw bone resorption. If you are likely to lose a tooth or have recently lost one, visit our dentist for assistance.

Do I need bone grafting for my dental implant?

Adequate jaw bone is vital for the dental implant procedure. When you lose bone density, the bone may not be able to support the jawbone. Therefore, those with jaw bone density loss may require bone grafting to build up the jawbone prior to the implant procedure. This procedure ensures that the titanium post is supported and stable.

Whose bone is used for the graft?

We can often use your bone for the graft. The other choice is a processed bone. Some newer technologies can change other cells to bone. The new technology is not suitable in all cases, however.

Preparing for Bone Grafting

To create your custom bone augmentation plan, the dentist takes detailed images with a CT scan. The dentist will also talk to you about your grafting options, and will help you decide between processed bone or an autograft.

The Bone Augmentation Procedure in Spring Lake, MI

Here’s what you can expect during the bone grafting procedure:

  • Most often, patients are put to sleep using a general anesthetic. Regardless, the surgeon uses a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure your comfort. 
  • Then, the surgeon creates an incision and flap to expose the bone. 
  • If using an autograft (your own bone), the surgeon will also create the incision elsewhere and extract the bone. 
  • Next, the surgeon places the grafting material in the necessary area and stitches up your gums. 
  • Using a titanium screw, the surgeon anchors the new bone to your jawbone. They may add additional grafting material surrounding the new bone block as well. 
  • In some cases, the surgeon may also attach a membrane material around the new graft. 
  • Lastly, they will close and suture the entire area.

Gum Augmentation Recovery and Post-Op

It’s normal to experience soreness after the bone grafting procedure. Apply ice packs to the outside of your jaw every 15 minutes, and take ibuprofen as directed to manage discomfort. The dentist will also provide you with antibiotics and an antibacterial mouthwash to ensure proper healing and reduce the chance of infection. Furthermore, you should avoid applying heavy pressure to the area. 

The entire process often takes 6-9 months to complete. Depending on the grafting solution you chose your body must create new bone around the area, or the graft must fuse to your jawbone. It takes time for the healing process to complete. However, bone augmentation will ensure stronger, more secure dental implants.

Bone Grafting Alternatives

For patients without enough bone to support the dental implants, there are alternatives. You may be a candidate for mini dental implants. Mini implants are wider and shorter than traditional ones, so they do not require as much bone density. They are ideal for people with limited jawbone density who do not want to undergo bone grafting.

Schedule an Appointment for Bone Grafting Consultation in Spring Lake, MI

If you’re considering a dental implant, start with a bone augmentation assessment. Our dentist will assess your oral health and check your bone density to determine if you need a bone augmentation before the dental implant procedure. We can then refer you to a specialist if needed. 

Visit our dental implant dentist in Spring Lake today.

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