October 31, 2016
Dental implants require plenty of healthy, stable bone structure for successful anchoring in the jaw. But because tooth loss results in the gradual disintegration of the jaw bone, many patients who are missing one or more teeth are not immediately eligible for the dental implant procedure. Periodontal disease is another factor affecting the health of the jaw bone. Dr. Rynar performs performs bone grafting in Florham Park to revitalize bone structure and help patients enjoy all the benefits of sturdy, natural-looking dental implants.
Why Bone Loss Occurs (And Why It Matters)
Our bones need stimulation to thrive and stay healthy. In the mouth, the tooth roots provide this activity. But after the loss of one or more teeth (and their stabilizing roots), the jawbone slowly disintegrates due to disuse. This degeneration results in a weak jaw and a sunken, older appearance. Untreated periodontal (gum) disease also results in the loss of bone structure.
Dental implants have a 95 percent success rate in eligible candidates. But to be considered for implant dentistry, a patient needs to be in good oral and overall health. Dental implants rely on the jawbone for support, so sufficient bone structure here is a crucial component prior to implant placement. Bone grafting procedures are recommended when significant bone loss has occurred.
Types of Bone Augmentation Procedures
To perform a bone augmentation procedure, your doctor removes a bit of healthy bone tissue from elsewhere in your body and places it in the area where significant bone has been lost. The donor bone is typically taken from another area of the mouth — like the upper jaw — or from the hip or shin bone. Sometimes bone from a cadaver or cow may be considered.
- Sinus lift: For the replacement of upper molars and premolars, a sinus lift adds bone matter to the back of the jaw.
- Ridge expansion: Manually expands the area of a patient’s ridge (the space between your teeth and the hard palate in the upper jaw or behind the lower teeth) and places healthy bone tissue in between.
Occasionally, bone grafting procedures can be performed on the same day as the dental implant placement. But the bone tissue will usually need time to mature before the dental implants are surgically placed. A bone augmentation procedure typically adds months to the overall treatment for dental implants — but for unsurpassed stability in tooth replacement, patients dealing with one or more missing teeth agree it is well worth the investment in time.
Bone regeneration is another option for restoring bone structure lost due to missing teeth or periodontal disease. Special membranes are introduced below the gum line to encourage the regrowth of the jaw bone. It may be combined with bone grafting, too.
Let’s Discuss Preparing for Your Tooth Replacement Today
If you are missing one or more teeth, don’t wait to seek a replacement. The longer you wait, the more bone tissue is lost. Please get in touch with Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology and request an appointment to discuss your eligibility for dental implants in Florham Park today!
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