Fixing bones to improve teeth, gum, bone, and overall mouth health.
At Red Hills Dental, bone grafting is usually performed in order to improve the long-term success of dental implants. In most instances, the success or failure of an implant can hinge on the height, depth, and width of the bone at the implant site. When the bone has receded or sustained damage like after a tooth extraction, the remaining bone is often inadequate to be used as a foundation for implant therapy.
There are predictive factors that affect the bone volume and quality in the mouth:
Bone grafting is highly successful. Bone grafting can increase the height and/or width of the bone and fill in voids and defects. There are two basic ways that a bone graft can be classified:
Augmentation: An augmentation adds volume to existing bone. When the bone is too narrow, bone augmentation is performed to widen the bone. When a bone deformity exists, a bone augmentation is performed to fill in the defect. Bone augmentation can be shaped and defined for the desired outcome.
Preservation – Bone grafting is used to preserve existing bone. This is done following a tooth extraction, with periodontal defects, or with other invasive procedures.
The following are the four different types of materials used for bone grafting:
Dr. Bergman most commonly uses a combination of autogenous graft material and allograft material. A bone grafting procedure is the only way to build bone where volume is deficient. With materials used at Red Hills Dental, the bone fuses with the graft and new bone grows in the spaces around the graft material. Cells from your body gradually eat away at the graft material until all that remains is completely new bone created by your own body. The length of time it takes for you to grow bone into a defect depends on several factors, but 3-6 months is average. On occasion, a synthetic membrane may be used to cover the new bone. This membrane prevents soft tissue and bacterial invasion into the bone graft and encourages new bone growth. The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be provided with comprehensive instructions for your post-operative care. Dr. Bergman will prescribe medications to help manage infection, discomfort, and swelling.
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