Our team regularly performs bone grafting treatments at our office in Albuquerque, NM. Bone grafting retains and restores bone structure after teeth are no longer present. The roots of your teeth stimulate the bone beneath your gums, keeping it from deteriorating. When teeth are missing or removed, there is no longer anything stimulating the jaw and preventing bone loss. A bone graft can maintain or rebuild your bone structure and prepare your jaw for future dental implants.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
We will determine which bone grafting method is suitable for you by considering the number of teeth lost and the condition of your bone and gum tissue. Every procedure is customized to benefit the patient’s long-term oral health and produce long-lasting results. Below are the different types of bone grafting procedures available at Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center and the reasons why we may recommend each procedure.
Socket preservation is a treatment that prevents the rapid bone deterioration that usually occurs after a tooth is extracted or lost. Dr. McGee and Dr. Steel can often perform a socket preservation procedure immediately after a tooth has been removed. This procedure is time-efficient because it saves the patient from having to have a separate bone grafting procedure later when they’re ready for dental implants.
The sinuses are hollow cavities located above the upper molars and behind the cheeks. The bone that separates these sinuses from your teeth is very thin. A sinus lift procedure is typically necessary to allow for successful dental implant placement. Your oral surgeon can lift the sinus floor and place the bone graft to create a more secure foundation for the implants.
Major Bone Grafting
Major bone grafting treatment restores a large area of missing bone or damaged bone. Some of the most common instances for major bone grafting include repairing a serious facial injury, addressing tumors of the jaw bone, and any other facial complication that results in tooth loss or bone damage. When these medical issues arise, a major bone graft can repair the bone structure and restore facial structure and aesthetics.
Our oral surgeons often suggest ridge augmentation for patients who have been missing teeth for an extended period. When teeth are missing, the bony ridge that keeps your teeth in place loses height and width. A ridge augmentation is meant to rebuild the bone and shape of your alveolar ridge so that dental implants have enough bone support to be placed correctly.
Bone Grafting Consultation at Rio Grande Oral Surgery
If you have been missing teeth for a long time and are interested in dental implants, you may be recommended for bone grafting at our office in Albuquerque, NM. Bone grafting helps patients who weren’t originally candidates for dental implants restore their smile with the best possible tooth replacement solution. Drs. Gregory McGee and Drew Steel have years of experience and training, and they can develop the best treatment plan to fit your bone grafting and tooth replacement needs.