Call Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery of Atlanta to schedule a consultation to discuss bone grafting. We will be happy to discuss the bone grafting process so we are able to answer any questions you have or address any concerns. You can also read more below about the bone grafting process and types of bone grafting.
Bone grafting is the process of building up enough bone height and width to properly support a dental implant. A combination of sterile human bone and your own bone is used to build bone mass in your upper or lower jawbone. Most bone grafting procedures are simple ones which can be completed under local anesthetics. When a major bone grafting procedure is needed, it is usually due to traumatic injury, surgical removal of a tumor, or congenital defects. Major bone grafting requires bone to be harvested from a patient in an area where there is a large amount of bone. These bone harvesting procedures are completed in an operating room. Keep in mind a vast majority of bone grafting procedures are a simple procedure that is done within the office under local anesthetic.
Once a tooth is missing or removed, bone loss will start to occur. Additionally, diseased teeth, periodontal gum disease, dental infections, and fractured teeth can also cause bone loss. Dental implants need adequate bone structure to be able to properly support the implant. Bone grafting allows individuals to have the necessary bone mass to support dental implants. If it were not for this amazing medical procedure a large number of individuals would not be candidates for dental implants.
Socket Preservation Graft – A socket is the void where there was preciously a tooth. Socket preservation grafting should be done immediately following a tooth extraction. This type of bone grafting helps reduce bone loss at the site of the tooth extraction. Bone loss can start to take place rapidly after a tooth is extracted. Socket preservation bone grafting will slow the bone loss rate down which helps preserve the bone for a future implant.
Onlay Cortical Bone Graft – Onlay cortical bone grafting is the process of using a block of bone from the interior of the mouth. This block of bone is harvested from the chin or the wisdom tooth area. Then small surgical screws are used to fix the block of bone to the area in which an implant will later be placed. This type of bone grafting is done when there is more severe bone loss.
Ridge Split Bone Grafting – Ridge split bone grafting is used when a ridge is too narrow for an implant. An implant needs enough bone height to make an implant stable. If the ridge is not wide enough it can be split. When the ridge is being split the implant can then be inserted. Once the ridge is split, there is a void in the middle of the ridge which requires a specialized piece of bone to be placed in the void.
Rockwell Oral and Facial surgery of Atlanta performs the aforementioned bone grafting procedures and others. If you want to find out more about bone grafting procedures or have unanswered questions, do not hesitate to call for a consultation. We look forward to helping you.