Inadequate bone structure in the upper and/or lower jaws can result from injury or trauma, tumor surgery, missing a tooth for an extended period or long-term denture wear. Using bone grafts from either the patient’s own bone or bone substitutes, Dr. Meyers can improve both the quantity and quality of the hard tissue. Mucosa (“gum”) grafts and soft tissue corrections can be utilized to improve the architecture of the soft tissues in the oral and maxillofacial region.
Through oral reconstructive surgery, a solid foundation can be provided for dental rehabilitation, which in turn aids nutrition and speech. If you’re a candidate, dental implants may be used to replace lost teeth and other structures. Implants can also be used to anchor both oral and facial prostheses.
We now have the ability to add bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore function and esthetic appearance. The bone graft procedures may include using bone from your own body (autografts), another human donor (allografts), an animal (xenografts), or synthetic material that mimics natural bone (alloplastic grafts).
Related procedures may include:
Sinus lift procedure
This procedure involves elevating the sinus membrane and placing the bone graft onto the sinus floor, allowing implants to be placed in the back part of the upper jaw.
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is “resorbed.” This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients would not be candidates for placement of dental implants without a bone graft placed to increase the ridge height and/or width. Augmentation is accomplished by placing bone or bone substitute materials through an incision(s) in the gum or into a tunnel beneath the gum tissue on the top of the inadequate bony ridge. After a suitable healing time, a new denture, bridge or implant may be placed, or the old appliance may be modified. During the healing phase, the old denture can often be modified and worn, although a very restricted diet is required. Rarely, the old appliance cannot be worn at all during healing. On occasion a secondary procedure called a “vestibuloplasty” or soft tissue graft (to gain more ridge surface) may be necessary in conjunction with the augmentation procedure in order to obtain the best possible result for the new appliance.
A bone graft is placed when a tooth is extracted, to help prevent loss of bone in this area—especially if an implant may later be placed there.
We practice the latest state of the art technology for bone grafting. We have the means to add bone growth factors to the bone graft which will greatly enhance the growth and maturity of the new bone which will form.
These surgeries are performed in the office surgical suite under local anesthesia, I.V. sedation or general anesthesia. After discharge, bed rest is recommended for one day and limited physical activity for one week.