Replacing missing teeth may require more than dental implant surgery. If you have lost teeth to gum disease, for example, you will need treatment to provide your new dental implants with a healthy periodontal environment. You may also need bone grafts. Many patients with tooth loss have lost significant bone density in their jaw, but healthy levels of bone volume are needed to successfully place implants. In this case, your doctor will recommend a bone graft in Miami, FL. A bone graft procedure will restore healthy bone levels, providing sufficient bone for your implants.
Bone Loss Occurs after Tooth Loss
When you lose a tooth, it starts a process of bone loss where the tooth root used to be. The roots of your teeth stimulate the bone, maintaining its health. Therefore, when the root is gone, bone resorption begins and it happens quickly. The first year after tooth loss sees the highest percentage of bone loss.
What Are Bone Grafts?
A bone graft is a procedure in which your doctor will transplant donor tissue, from your own body or a bone bank, and secure it to the existing bone. Over time, the bone fuses with the new material, providing you with healthy bone volume and a good foundation for your dental implants.
Types of Bone Grafts
- One type of bone graft, the socket graft, prevents the problems associated with bone resorption by placing grafting material into the newly empty tooth socket before bone loss can occur.
- Ridge preservation is a type of bone graft that widens the alveolar ridge in preparation for implants.
- Bone grafts are also utilized in a sinus lift. When bone is lot in the upper arch, it can leave empty space. The sinus membrane can sag into the space and must be lifted back into position. Bone grafts are placed to ensure it stays in position.
For successful dental implants, you may need a bone graft in Miami, FL. Our experienced periodontists specialize in implant dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bradley A. Ross or Dr. Scott B. Ross to learn more.
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