Bone Grafting Builds a Strong Foundation
Bone grafting is a common procedure that we perform when tooth loss in a patient has caused their jaw bone to resorb and become weak. Without teeth, the jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the pressure of chewing and will lose height and width. If too much bone is resorbed, a patient will not be a candidate for dental implants, the only permanent tooth replacement option that most closely mimics natural teeth. Bone grafting is how we build up the structural foundation of the jaw in order to safely and securely accommodate dental implants. Bone grafting is a routine and safe procedure we perform with advanced techniques, and is completed with sedation dentistry, if necessary.
Bone Grafting Paves the Way for Dental Implants
Bone grafting is one way we can help patients receive dental implants as a life-long replacement to one or more missing teeth. Dental implants imitate the structure of natural teeth—from the root to the crown—replacing virtually all their normal function and appearance. We place and restore dental implants using only the highest quality material and dental technology, and can conveniently complete all treatments here and at our Wilmington location, where we also provide IV sedation. If you have been told that you do not qualify for dental implants, please visit our office. It may be that you need bone grafting to prepare your jaw first!
Our Bone Grafting Procedures
Bone grafting can take on many forms as it relates to the location of the missing tooth and the extent of jaw bone loss. For tooth loss in the upper back portion of the jaw, we perform a sinus lift, which elevates the sinus cavity in order for bone material to be placed beneath. This builds up necessary bone height for when dental implants are placed in the future. We also offer ridge preservations, which build up and smooth out the jaw bone line after multiple teeth are extracted or lost. This builds both the height and width of the bone, strengthening it enough to securely hold one or more dental implants. Each of these bone grafting procedures is safe and effective and determined after a comprehensive evaluation of your bone.