When a tooth is lost the supporting bone stops receiving stimulation which it normally gets through tooth root. As a result, the supporting bone loses purpose and starts to resorb. This is a serious issue which can lead to changes the shape of the face when there are a few teeth missing in a row. When the lost tooth has to be restored using dental implants, the supporting bone has to be healthy. Our dental professional recommends bone grafting or bone surgery when there is insufficient supporting bone to hold the dental implant. Our bone surgery in Boynton Beach, FL has been the reason behind healthy smiles of many of our patients living in the city and surrounding communities. If you are suffering from tooth loss, come speak to our dentist. Our tooth restoration can let you regain a good oral health.
The supporting bone should have enough width, length and density to hold a dental implant. If there is insufficient bone volume or if the bone is soft, there are higher chances of implant failure. A bone grafting procedure is necessary in order to create a good foundation for the implant. Our dentist uses bone from a different part of the body or a bone substitute to help regrow the lost bone. The bone substitute is surgically placed in the planned position and left to heal for about 3-6 months.
Bone grafting is a process of rebuilding the lost supporting bone using bone block from a different part of the body or appropriate substitutes. There are different types of procedures to surgically place the substitute in the planned position. Bone surgery is performed with the help of local anesthesia. A series of X-rays and CT scans may be required to plan the treatment.
In a conventional bone grafting procedure a block of bone is removed from other part of the patient's body, such as chin, and is used to rebuild bone in the area where there is bone loss. Our dentist uses suitable bone grafting material to refill the area from where the bone is taken. An incision is made in the gums and the block of bone is placed in position using titanium screws. The gums are sutured back after the placement of the block of bone and left to heal. It may take about 6 months for the bone to rebuild. On confirmation of successful bone rebuilding, our dentist plans the dental implant surgery.
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