Building A Strong Foundation
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to restore the structure, strength, and density of your jaw bone. This is typically performed in cases where bone is congenitally missing (such as a cleft) or the jaw bone has become weakened or deteriorated due to injury, disease, or tooth loss, and is not able to support dental implants or provide adequate support for the teeth. The grafting can restore jaw structure and augment potential implant sites that currently have inadequate bone volume.
Crucial for maintaining the overall health and function of the oral cavity, a healthy jaw bone provides support for the teeth, helps with biting and chewing, and allows for normal speech. Injury, disease, or tooth loss can weaken the jaw and lead to a variety of problems, including tooth instability, changes in facial appearance, and altered or painful function.
Jawbone loss refers to the shrinking or resorption of the jawbone in areas where tooth roots are missing, often as a result of tooth extraction or periodontal disease. This can lead to an insufficient amount of bone volume to be able to place dental implants successfully. Bone grafting may be necessary to help your body reconstruct the volume needed to place dental implants, which will then help maintain that new bone volume long-term.
Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses, and when these teeth are removed, there is just a thin wall of bone separating the sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone.
The solution is a sinus graft or sinus lift graft. Your AMOS surgeon will enter the sinus in the area where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is then lifted upward and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus.
The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option other than wearing loose dentures.
Nerve repositioning is a surgical technique that involves the relocation or realignment of nerves in the jaw area. This procedure is sometimes necessary in conjunction with jaw bone grafting in an effort to create space to place implants without damaging the nerves.
Socket, or ridge preservation is the placement of a bone graft into the socket, after a tooth has been extracted. This is typically done to help maintain enough bone volume to eventually place a dental implant and replace the missing tooth.
Bone grafting can help you to rebuild and strengthen the jaw, ensuring proper function and stability for future dental treatments.