Bone Grafting Restores Healthy Bone
The Process for Restoring Lost Bone
The type of graft we use depends on a number of factors, including the type of procedure, your age, medical history and bone quantity/quality. Bone can be taken from other areas of your mouth or body (autogenous), a human cadaver (allogenic), animal source such as a cow (xenograft) or a synthetic bone-like material. Dr. Byars has experience performing advanced bone graft procedures such as sinus lifts and ridge augmentation to reduce or eliminate bone loss. We’re in-network with many insurance companies and offer third-party financing to make treatment more affordable. Thanks to minimally-invasive techniques, bone grafting in Riverview, FL is a relatively comfortable office procedure and we offer sedation options to ease anxiety and increase your comfort.
Our Bone Grafting Procedures Explained
After tooth extraction, the alvolear bone begins to dissolve and disappear. Socket preservation is a type of bone grafting procedure designed to protect the alveolar ridge and empty tooth socket from decaying, while creating a stronger foundation for a dental implant. Dr. Byars places specially bioengineered dental bone graft material in the empty socket to preserve existing bone and overlying soft tissue and stimulate new bone growth.
Ridge augmentation is a common procedure performed to recreate the natural contour of the alveolar ridge. When a tooth is removed, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone. Usually this empty area heals on its own, filling in with bone and tissue. But without the natural tooth root to stimulate the underlying bone, the height and width of the socket continue to deteriorate. Although rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge isn’t medically necessary, it may be required for dental implant placement or for aesthetic purposes. As with other types of dental bone grafting, the bone graft is placed in the area with the defect and the gum tissue is placed back with sutures to protect the area.
Also called sinus augmentation, a sinus lift in Riverview, FL makes it possible to place a dental implant in areas with insufficient bone. Sinus lift surgery may be required for missing molars in your upper arch. Bone loss can cause sinus cavities behind your cheeks to expand downward, leaving a thin wall of bone between your sinus and your mouth, known as "dropping" of the sinus floor. A sinus lift literally lifts the floor of the sinus back into its original position. Dr. Byars places the graft in the area between the maxillary sinuses (bordering the left and right side of your nose) to treat insufficient upper jaw bone height and increase space between the sinuses and jaw. This helps ensure successful placement of dental implants.
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Tooth and bone loss can lead to numerous problems that affect your oral and physical health, as well as your emotional well-being. In addition to difficulties eating and speaking, bone loss can cause a collapse of your facial features, especially if you have many missing teeth. Bone grafting is an essential step to ensure successful outcomes for many tooth replacement options, including single dental implants, zirconia fixed bridges and full mouth dental implants. In some cases, restoring bone levels in the jaw is necessary to treat infections and prevent tooth loss. When we rebuild lost bone with bone grafts in Riverview, FL, you’ll enjoy restored smile function and aesthetics, as well as a significant boost to your confidence, health and quality of life!