In some cases, our patients require bone grafting prior to dental implants. Although this procedure may sound scary, it’s very safe and highly successful. In fact, almost any dental implant will provide a longer-lasting and more stable replacement when this technology is used.
A bone graft also may be necessary as a part of a sinus lift or for ridge augmentation, if enough of the natural bone has been reabsorbed.
For those patients who might otherwise be unable to have dental implants or other procedures, this technique provides a way to restore both the function and aesthetic value of teeth.
Why Bone Grafts May Be Necessary
Natural teeth are anchored in the mandible, which provides needed support and stability. But as much as teeth require bone, your jawbones require teeth to maintain their strength.
Once one or more teeth are lost or removed, the bone below is slowly reabsorbed into the body. Over time, these underlying support structures can erode until little original substance is left. This is common for those who wear dentures, and it’s the reason dentures quickly become ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
How Grafting Works
For larger grafts, bone can be taken from another part of the body, typically the chin or the portions of the jaw past the last molar. In more extreme cases, bony tissue from the hip or the tibia may be more appropriate.
Today, technology also provides a revolutionary way for us to help you generate your own bone, using your own stem cells or platelet rich plasma (PRP). This approach is significantly less invasive and relies on your body’s own healing power to fill in the gaps.
Procedures for Bone Grafting
Most procedures involving the restoration or regeneration of bone are performed in our office or our outpatient surgical facility. General anesthesia or IV sedation is used to ensure your comfort, and in most cases, you can resume your normal activities in a short time.
It’s important to provide a stable environment for dental implants that will ensure their durability and natural appearance. Bone grafting provides a safe and effective way to restore the height and width of the underlying tooth structures.
Contact our Indianapolis office today to learn more about how this revolutionary technique can benefit you.