Peachtree Corners, GA
Dental implants are the most common method of replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are a more efficient replacement option when you lose your teeth to trauma, tooth decay, or conditions like periodontitis.
For dental implants to be placed, you will need sufficient bone mass. A bone graft procedure is an option for our patients in the Peachtree Corners, GA area who do not have enough bone mass to receive dental implants.
Dr. Clint Baugham and our team at Southern Family Dental Care provide bone grafting procedures, and are here to answer any questions you may have.
What Are Bone Grafts?
Bone grafts are a special type of treatment that increases the quantity of bone mass in your jaw.
The bone mass must be sufficient enough to support the dental implant. Lack of sufficient bone mass could result in unstable implants that could easily come out when you bite on hard surfaces.
Besides, sufficient bone mass helps the dental implant's upkeep and repair. We perform a bone grafting procedure on patients without sufficient bone mass for dental implants.
Many factors influence the type of grafting procedure you undergo.
For instance, it could be your personal preferences, the amount of grafting procedure required in your mouth, and where it should be performed.
When we are inserting a dental implant into your jawbone, a minor grafting procedure is ideal. However, if you need an extensive bone grafting procedure before getting dental implants, it might take a few months to get it done.
This time is necessary because it allows us to monitor your oral condition and ensure sufficient bone mass supports the implants.
What Are the Different Types of Bone Grafts?
There are different types of bone graft procedures. Knowing them is vital, especially when looking for a procedure that suits your preferences. The different types of bone graft procedures include:
||Sinus Lift - This is the most common type of bone graft procedure. Generally, sinuses sit above your upper teeth.
When you lose your upper teeth, the sinuses will drop down and occupy the space meant to be occupied by teeth roots. This is highly inconvenient and could result in many oral conditions.
Thankfully, our professionals can fix this problem by lifting the sinus and placing it in the right position. After that, we will carefully place a bone graft under the sinus to create a solid foundation.
This ensures that it maintains its position and remains firm for a long time.
||Ridge Augmentation - This is another type of bone graft procedure we perform. If you have had missing teeth for a long time, the supporting jawbone will get significantly thin.
To fix this situation, a ridge augmentation procedure is done to increase the width and volume of the jawbone. This is crucial because it strengthens the jawbone and maintains a solid foundation supporting dental implants.
||Socket Preservation - In this type of bone graft procedure, we place a graft in the tooth socket after an extraction procedure. This is meant to fill up the void left by the missing tooth.
The essence of a socket preservation procedure is to prevent the socket from caving in and causing setbacks. You don't have to worry about the state of your tooth socket because this procedure keeps it open.
||Periodontal Bone Graft - Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss among adults.
This condition can erode the bones supporting your teeth and weaken them. If it is left untreated, it can increase the chances of tooth loss.
A bone graft is placed around your existing teeth to help keep them in place. It also provides additional support that guarantees the durability of existing teeth.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
A bone graft for dental implants takes a few hours to complete.
Before undergoing this procedure, our team will conduct a comprehensive oral exam to evaluate the state of your gums, teeth, and jaw.
We use scans and dental x-rays to determine the level of bone loss and whether you qualify for dental implants.
After discussing your treatment options in detail, we will create a customized treatment strategy that addresses your needs. We will seek to address all of your bone loss problems to help ensure you are a candidate for dental implants.
Before we start the grafting procedure, we will first numb the area around your gums using local anesthesia. This ensures that you don't feel any discomfort during the grafting process.
Then, our experts will make a small gum incision after thoroughly evaluating the area. After cleaning and sanitizing, we will carefully apply bone grafting material to the area with significant bone loss. We will wrap the graft material with a membrane to ensure everything is secure and in good condition.
Finally, we will stitch the incisions and disinfect them after relocating the gum tissue. Therefore, if you are asking yourself, "Am I a candidate for dental implants?," talk to our team and they will advise you on the best way forward.
What to Expect After a Dental Bone Graft
Bone grafting recovery varies depending on the type of graft you have undergone.
It also depends on your body's ability to recover. Generally, a bone grafting recovery takes about two weeks.
However, in some cases, it might take up to nine months for a person to fully recover from a bone graft procedure.
Our team and Dr. Clint Baugham will keep track of your recovery process and ensure everything is working fine. During the recovery process, we advise you to eat soft foods to avoid damage.
Bone grafting has many benefits, and you must handle the recovery process well to enjoy these benefits.
Some of the benefits of bone grafting include preventing facial sagging, creating enough bone mass to get dental implants, saving a damaged tooth from various conditions, and helping maintain your bone mass.
Schedule Your Bone Grafting Appointment Today
Are you looking to get dental implants but don't have sufficient bone mass? Our experts at Southern Family Dental Care are ready to help! We will perform a bone grafting procedure that helps address various oral conditions and makes you eligible for dental implants. Call 470-410-9774 today to schedule your appointment.