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Options to Build Lost Jawbone


Posted on 1/11/2021 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Options to Build Lost JawboneOften, patients wish to have dental implant surgery, only to discover they do not have sufficient bone to hold the implants. However, you do have options in this respect, and therefore can get an implant after the bone loss has been addressed.

What Can I Do to Rebuild Lost Bone?


If we find that you have bone loss, which makes it impossible to hold dental implants, we often will recommend a bone graft to repair the bone that has been lost due to missing teeth or periodontal disease. When bone grafting is used, we normally harvest the bone from the patient, use donor bone, or add a synthetic bone grafting material. The idea is to provide more height to the ridge of bone or include added width to the ridge if more bone is needed for implants for the back teeth. A bone graft is helpful, as it replaces lost bone and promotes bone regrowth and regeneration. Some of the materials used for bone grafts also require less time to heal. In some cases, an implant can be placed at the time a bone graft is applied. However, if the bone loss is severe, the two procedures will usually take place at separate times.

Getting a Sinus Lift


In some cases, the ridge bone resorbs in the maxilla, which expands the sinus cavity. Therefore, the bone dividing the sinus and oral cavities thins. In this case, a sinus lift can provide more bone so implants can be placed in this location. Once the bone graft material integrates with the jawbone, the implants can be placed.

Today's innovations include the use of 3D cone beam CT scanners, a technology that permits a 360-degree view of the jawbone and teeth. The technology allows dental professionals to measure the precise width and height of jawbone ridges so they can assess how much grafting material is needed. Give us a call today to take advantage of current innovations in dentistry. If you do not have enough bone to place implants, we can help.
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