Tooth loss, facial injuries, and more can result in a loss of bone. A patient who is experiencing bone loss may need a bone grafting procedure, which replaces or restores what has been lost. Some dental implant patients may require a bone graft ahead of their procedure to ensure there is enough bone to secure the implant. Many patients who have a loss of bone find that their overall facial structure is improved after bone grafting.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
A patient’s treatment plan and severity of bone loss will determine the type of bone grafting procedure. Your oral surgeon will recommend the type of bone grafting procedure that will offer the best outcome for you.
There are several types of bone grafting procedures. Here’s what we offer at North Sound Oral & Facial Surgery:
- Sinus lifts. A sinus lift adds bone to the upper jaw and sinus cavity located just behind the cheekbone. For some dental implant candidates, a sinus lift may be necessary to create a secure foundation for the placement of an implant.
- Socket preservation. To prevent the loss of bone after the removal of a tooth, a bone graft is sometimes performed immediately following an extraction.
- Ridge expansion. The upper and lower arches of teeth are fixed in place because of the alveolar ridge. A ridge expansion adds height and/or width to the alveolar ridge.
- Major bone grafting. Patients who are experiencing a severe loss of bone due to a facial trauma injury, periodontal disease, a facial tumor, or a congenital disability may require the restoration or replacement of a large amount of bone.
- Nerve repositioning. The alveolar nerve allows sensation to be felt in the chin and lower lip. Sometimes, when mapping out a treatment plan, this nerve has the potential to be damaged from the placement of a dental implant, and repositioning of the nerve is necessary to continue. Because of the high-risk nature of the procedure, it is usually considered a last resort.
Bone Grafting in Anacortes, WA
Bone grafting procedures are beneficial to many oral and maxillofacial surgery patients. The type of bone graft that is right for you will be determined by your specific treatment plan and goals. Dr. Brar is highly experienced in bone grafting procedures and will discuss his recommendations for providing your best treatment and outcome. If you are experiencing bone loss, interested in dental implants, are missing teeth, or require a tooth extraction, please call our office.