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Dental Bone Grafting El Cajon, CA
It’s no secret that dental implants are one of the most popular, modern, and efficient tooth replacement solutions available today. However, some people lack the required amount of bone beneath the gum line for the implants to be properly placed. Without a sufficient amount of bone volume in the jaw, a dental implant may be wobbly or can encroach onto other vital structures of the mouth, such as nerves lining the bottom jaw or the sinuses present in the upper jaw. This can lead to extreme oral discomfort.
What Is Bone Grafting?
Similar to the way that gum tissue can be restored with soft tissue grafts, these grafts can also help patients who suffer from bone loss as well. Bone grafting is used to restore a large amount of bone tissue that has deteriorated over time. On the other hand, bone augmentation is used to replace a small amount of bone tissue that has deteriorated over time.
The integrity of the bone present in the jaw area is preserved when a healthy tooth is implanted in its socket. However, when bone loss occurs, the tooth has less support. This can cause the tooth to become loose and eventually fall out. Both bone grafting and augmentation attempt to regenerate the missing bone that buttresses the teeth so that dental implants can be used to replace lost teeth.
Bone grafting is a common surgical procedure that stimulates the regeneration of one’s natural bone tissue by adding a layer of bone or a bone substitute directly into the jaw. This bone material may be taken from several different sources– either from the patient’s own body, another organism, or from a lab that specializes in the creation of synthetic biocompatible materials that simulate natural bone. The source of bone graft used will be dependent on each patient’s own unique situation. The various options available will be discussed with a dental expert before the procedure takes place.
Once the bone graft material is fixed, it then becomes reabsorbed by the body and replaced with a patient’s natural bone. This process is known as osseointegration and is the primary function that both strengthens and preserves the bone, thus stabilizing your dental implants.
Depending on your unique situation, bone grafts will be placed either before a dental implant, after tooth extraction, or during your dental implant surgery. For some individuals, a bone graft must take place before the implant is placed and left to heal for a period of several weeks or months in order to provide a strong foundation for the dental implants. For others, bone grafting can take place at the same time as the dental implant procedure to both stabilize and smooth out the bone around each implant. In rare cases, bone grafting may be needed to repair defects in the natural bone prior to dental implant placement.
If you have been informed that your jawbone is not sturdy enough for dental implants, there is still hope to get the beautiful and healthy smile you have always desired. Contact East County Family Dental Center today for your initial consultation to see if bone grafting may be the solution you have been looking for all along.