Bone Grafting & GBR
People lose their teeth for different reasons including disease, trauma or other causes. However, with teeth loss come a variety of problems and one of them is bone resorption. According to research, more than half of people who lose a tooth eventually lose the underlying crestal bone after a few years, making it difficult for you to receive implants. At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we offer bone grafting and Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) as an effective solution for restoring bone to your mouth.
What is Bone Grafting and Guided Bone Regeneration?
✓ Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that offered for cases when there is insufficient bone left in your mouth to support a dental implant.
✓ The missing bone in your mouth is replaced with a material called a bone graft. It not only replaces missing bone but also encourage bone regeneration.
✓ The new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft.
✓ After some time, the newly formed bone will replace a significant part of the grafted material, resulting in a fully integrated region of new bone.
Why do I need bone grafting and GBR?
When you lose your tooth, it’s only a matter of time before loss of bone volume commences and if left unchecked, the bone may collapse and give a sunken appearance along the jaw and cheeks. The missing portion of bone is frequently called “bony defect.”
If you need a tooth extraction and you’re considering a dental implant, our dentists at BrightCraft Dental and Laser may recommend bone grafting so your mouth will have enough bone support. When you receive bone grafting and GBR, your mouth will be able to regenerate the bone needed as a solid foundation for dental implants.
Are bone grafts and GBR painful?
Bone grafts and GBR are a painless experience as they are usually performed under local anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation or occasionally general anesthesia. Like most dental procedures, you will likely feel some mild discomfort and probably experience some swelling but we will prescribe a pain reliever to help with the discomfort.
Types of bone grafting we offer at BrightCraft Dental and Laser
At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we offer a range of bone grafting designed to meet any needs you may have. These include:
✓ Socket preservation bone graft and atraumatic tooth extraction
If you need to have a tooth removed and are considering dental implants, we take the time and effort to remove your teeth with minimal or no disruption to the surrounding bone. We like to preserve and support all the surrounding bone in order to create better support for future implant.
We can also provide a socket preservation bone graft on the day you want to extract a tooth. We will place the bone graft material in the empty socket that remains after tooth extraction to help preserve bone volume and architecture until your implant replacement.
✓ Guided Bone Regeneration
Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) is a bone regenerative technique where we place a membrane over the bone graft site to promote the growth of a new bone while also preventing the growth of scar tissue in the grafted site. It is an effective procedure that can be carried out staged or on the same day as the implant placement.
✓ Maxillary Sinus Augmentation
Also known as “Sinus Lift”, this procedure makes it easier to place dental implants. When the upper back teeth have been removed for a long time, the sinuses typically drop down to the place where the root used to be. To place a dental implant at the site, the sinus will need to be lifted to its original position and held in place using a bone substitute.
✓ Ridge split bone grafting
This procedure is performed when the ride (where the teeth once sat) is too narrow for an implant. Sufficient ridge height is required for this procedure and in such circumstances bone graft material is placed in the ridge to create an expanded ridge for implant placement.
✓ Onlay cortical bone graft
We use this technique when there’s a more severe bone loss. In this procedure, we remove a small block of bone from the shin or the area behind the lower wisdom teeth and then screw it to the future implant site. Once this area has healed, an implant can be placed having the bone support required.
How long after the bone graft can I get an implant?
We recommend you allow your mouth to heal before you proceed to receiving an implant. The duration vary for most people but the average time for the healing period is anywhere from three months and above. Once the site has healed properly, you can now have implants placed.
Find out more about how you can receive bone grafts!
If you’re in need of a bone graft for a dental implant, contact our office today and come in for a bone graft consultation.
What to do next?
To find out more about bone grafts for dental implants. Book your free consultation at BrightCrafts Dental․ BOOK ONLINE or call (818) 237-1010․