Bone Grafting/Sinus LiftFranklin, TN
All work done in one office
NEED A DENTAL IMPLANT BUT NOT ENOUGH BONE?
When a tooth is lost or removed, the bone surrounding where the tooth once resided begins to progressively atrophy or shrink over time. Dental implants require adequate bone support for stability and longevity. Bone grafting is a procedure oftentimes performed in conjunction with dental implants for patients who do not have adequate bone to successfully retain the implant(s) long term. In the majority of dental implant cases, the success of an implant procedure can hinge on the height, depth and width of the jawbone at the implant site.
When the jawbone associated with missing teeth shrinks, or has sustained significant damage, the implant(s) cannot be supported on this unstable foundation and bone grafting is usually recommended.
CAUSES FOR JAW BONE VOLUME SHRINKAGE
Periodontal disease can affect and permanently damage the jaw bone that supports the teeth. Affected areas progressively worsen until the teeth become unstable.
Studies have shown that patients who have experienced a tooth extraction subsequently lose 40-60% of the bone surrounding the extraction site during the following three years. Loss of bone results in what is called a “bone defect”.
Injuries and Infections
Dental injuries and other physical injuries resulting from a blow to the jaw can cause the bone to recede. Infections can also cause the jaw bone to recede in a similar way.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee.)
Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw.
SINUS LIFT (GRAFT)
Sinus Lift is a surgical method by which we can increase the amount bone tissue of the upper jaw, above the molars and premolars. The maxillary sinuses are behind the cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary 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.
To address this problem, Dr. Blourchian enters the sinus and lifts the membrane upward, placing donor bone into the floor of the sinus. After healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw anatomy and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone. Sometimes, the implant insertion can be done at the same appointment as the sinus procedure, eliminating the need for second surgery.
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All procedures are performed by a general dentist.
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