At Sioux Falls Dental Implant Center, we commonly treat patients who have previously been told they are not good candidates for dental implants, or will require bone grafting prior to dental implant placement. Bone grafting can be utilized to repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. Bone grafting allows your jawbone to be strong enough to support dental implants.
For dental implant placement to be successful, patients must have a sufficient amount of jawbone height and width. If the jawbone has deteriorated, it may not be able to provide adequate support for the dental implants to be placed. In cases where there is an insufficient amount of bone to place a dental implant, modern implant dentistry has developed life-changing bone grafting procedures that allow more patients the opportunity to be recipients of dental implant treatment.
In a bone graft procedure, your dental implant specialist will use a special bone grafting material and graft it onto your jawbone. A successful bone graft allows your jawbone to be strong enough to support your dental implant. Whether you need a sinus lift to repair your upper jawbone or a socket preservation to preserve the site of a missing tooth, we can help.
What are the types of bone graft procedures?
• Socket preservation is performed when a person has a tooth extracted. Teeth keep the jaw healthy by stimulating the jawbone through the action of chewing. The bone surrounding the tooth socket can start to recede rapidly once the tooth is no longer stimulating the tooth socket. A socket preservation is a bone graft that can be placed directly into the tooth socket once a tooth is extracted. This preserves your bone structure and ensures that you will be able to receive a dental implant at a later date.
• A sinus lift is needed when patients want to replace their upper back molars with dental implants. Sometimes the maxillary sinuses, which lie above the teeth and behind the cheeks on either side of your nose, are too close for safe implant placement. A sinus lift allows your surgeon to place a bone graft between your sinus cavity and the upper teeth, creating space for a secure dental implant. Most often, it is performed in the office with local anesthesia and perhaps sedation. During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. This procedure often can be performed at the time of implant placement.
• Ridge expansion is necessary if the bony ridge that holds your teeth in place becomes too thin or sparse, making implant placement impossible. Ridge expansion increases the width and/or height of your existing bone to make room for dental implants and avoid the extra time and cost of bone grafting.
Call Sioux Falls Dental Implant Center today at (605) 799-2929 for your free consultation to evaluate your need for a dental bone graft in Sioux Falls, SD!