What is Oral Bone Loss?
Oral bone loss is when a person no longer has bone where nature intended for bone to be present. Oral bone loss can result from trauma, periodontal disease, bone atrophy following loss/extraction of natural teeth or after wearing dentures for an extended length of time.
What Is Bone Grafting?
We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. Bone grafting is a procedure that is used to build bone in areas that are deficient of bone, where there are bone defects or in areas that need structural support. Bone grafting not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width; it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance. Regenerative procedures performed in conjunction with implant therapy may improve the success of your dental implant where bone loss is present.
You May Need Oral Bone Loss Treatment:
- To Support Dental Implant – Bone support is needed for stability of a dental implant. Regeneration of bone at the time of implant placement may assist with stability and anchoring of the dental implant to bone. It may also help to facilitate bone growth to provide a more ideal location for dental implant placement (so the restoration will be esthetic and functional) by creating additional bone volume.
- If severe bone loss is present, bone grafting may be needed as a first surgery 4 to 5 months before dental implants are placed.
- To Treat Periodontal Disease – Bone regeneration is used to treat oral bone loss due to periodontal disease.
- To Treat Facial Trauma – Bone regeneration is used to treat patients with major bone loss following a traumatic event.
- If Your Doctor Recommends A Sinus Lift – For patient who do not have sufficient bone height in the back of the upper jaw to support the placement of dental implants.
- If Your Doctor Recommends Tooth Extractions – Bone regeneration is used to treat areas of trauma or loss of bone due to tooth extractions.