Bone deterioration, also known as bone resorption, is a common and natural occurrence in the jaw bone if a tooth or multiple teeth have been lost. If bone has been lost, it must be replaced to restore jaw bone health and function, particularly when patients are interested in having missing teeth restored using dental implants. At Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to give everyone the opportunity to restore their smile, and that is why we offer a variety of bone grafting procedures to rebuild the deteriorated bone or supplement existing bone.
Dr. Hernandez is an expert in all areas of the oral and facial skeleton, including the jaw and sinus bone area. There are many different bone grafting procedures that may be performed, and the treatment you receive will depend on the location and surface area of the needed bone graft in your mouth.
Why do I need bone grafting?
When teeth are missing, the jaw bone begins to shrink over time because there are no teeth present in the socket to stimulate the jaw, leading to poor quality and quantity of bone. A jaw bone that has experienced degeneration or resorption is not suitable for the placement of dental implants. By grafting bone in the damaged area, dental implants can firmly integrate with the bone to ensure stability and restore functionality. In addition, bone grafting can dramatically improve facial appearance as it is also used to repair supporting bone around your teeth that has been damaged by periodontal disease.
What does bone grafting involve?
The bone used is either your own bone taken from an adjacent area like the jaw, hip, or tibia (below the knee), or obtained from a tissue bank. Special membranes may be used to protect the bone graft and promote natural healing and bone growth — this is known as guided bone regeneration. During the bone grafting procedure, Dr. Hernandez carefully folds back the gum tissue and fills the damaged area with bone grafting material or tissue-stimulating proteins to help your body regenerate tissue and bone.
What is a sinus lift?
The sinuses reside behind the cheeks and on top of the back upper teeth. Within the sinuses, there are natural air spaces in the bones of the face. It is extremely common for the bone that separates the mouth from these sinuses to be too thin to support dental implants. Fortunately, Dr. Hernandez utilizes a bone grafting procedure called a sinus lift to solve this problem, during which the sinus is entered and a bone graft is placed beneath the sinus membrane. This graft will integrate with the bone over several months following the procedure, after which dental implants can then be placed.
Regenerating bone tissue and eliminating damage can have a positive impact on oral health. If you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, bone grafting will allow you to have the dental implants even if you don’t currently have enough bone. To learn more about our bone grafting options, please contact Fort Lauderdale Oral & Facial Surgery and make an appointment with Dr. Hernandez.