Bone grafting procedures are designed to increase the quality or quantity of bone in a region that has been affected by tooth loss, atrophy, gum disease, injuries, or other conditions. For many patients, a bone graft is part of a larger treatment plan for receiving dental implants. At Trinity River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Willow Park, TX, bone grafting procedures are performed using advanced techniques, such as BMP application, to increase bone formation and produce excellent results.
Why do I need bone grafting?
Healthy teeth have roots that extend into the jaw bone. These roots stimulate the bone around the tooth, keeping the bone healthy and strong. When teeth are missing, the bone in the surrounding area can start to recede or atrophy because there is nothing to stimulate the jaw. If there is not enough bone to support a dental implant, oral surgeons may be able to use bone grafting to repair the bone and make space for a secure dental implant.
In other cases, injuries, tumor surgery, infections, and other issues can leave areas of bone in poor condition. Major bone grafting procedures can restore the facial structure and regrow bone that has been lost in these situations.
Types of Bone Grafting
The type of bone grafting necessary will depend on your condition and what you wish to attain from treatment. Some of the most common procedures we perform at Trinity River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center are listed below:
- Ridge augmentation is a procedure that builds up the bony ridge that holds the teeth in place. When tooth loss has taken place, this ridge can start to change shape and deteriorate. Oral surgeons can place a bone graft to restore the height and width of the ridge to make space for dental implants.
- Sinus lifts are often necessary when patients want to replace their upper molars with dental implants. The roots of the upper molars sometimes reach right up into the maxillary sinuses, which are hollow cavities in your cheekbones on either side of the nose. If the wall between the sinus and the upper teeth is too thin, a bone graft may be necessary to place your implant securely.
- Socket preservation is a bone grafting procedure performed immediately after an extraction. Bone loss can happen rapidly after an extraction, so some patients choose to have a bone graft to preserve their jaw structure and prepare for future implant placement. Usually, this procedure can be done during the same appointment as your extraction, reducing the number of procedures you must go through.
Our oral surgeon will be happy to help you review your treatment options. Sometimes a strategic implant placement can eliminate the need for bone grafting altogether, and your surgeon will do everything possible to reduce the number of procedures necessary.
Bone Grafting Procedures in Willow Park, TX
At Trinity River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we offer a variety of bone grafting procedures and tooth restoration solutions from the comfort of our office in Willow Park, TX. To learn more about bone grafting or dental implants, feel free to contact us at (817) 441-5000.