Restore Your Jaw with a Dental Bone Graft

If you have been told you are not a candidate for dental implants due to jawbone recession, a dental bone graft can restore your candidacy for this life-changing procedure. When teeth are lost, the bone tissue in your jaw begins to recede as vital nutrients are rerouted to other parts of the body. At North Meridian Dental Excellence in Indianapolis, IN, we can restore the strength and integrity of your jaw to create a strong base for implants. To ensure the best possible results, Dr. Benjamin Ahlbrecht uses advanced dental technology during every stage of implant treatment.

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Bone grafting restores the tissue necessary to support dental implants.

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?

Dental implants rely on surrounding bone tissue for support. Unfortunately, jawbone atrophy is a natural consequence of tooth loss. Without tooth roots to stimulate the jaw, the body begins to resorb the bone tissue necessary to support an implant. The longer a missing tooth is left unaddressed, the more likely it is that you will need a preparatory bone grafting procedure.

Understanding Bone Grafting

During the procedure, Dr. Ahlbrecht can carefully place donor tissue or synthetic material. Over the next few months, your body learns to recognize the graft as natural bone, ultimately resorbing it and promoting regeneration. There are three main types of dental bone grafts:

Socket Graft

Also known as an alveolar ridge preservation graft, this procedure is performed after tooth extraction. By packing the empty socket with grafting material, we can prevent jawbone atrophy during the three- to six-month healing process. The graft maintains the shape of your jawbone until the implant can be placed.

It is important to keep in mind that a preservation graft is not the same as a ridge augmentation, which restores the early stages of bone loss caused by missing teeth.

The longer a missing tooth is left unaddressed, the more likely it is that you will need a preparatory bone grafting procedure.

Block Bone Graft

Often called an autogenous ramus or chin graft, this procedure can correct more extensive jawbone loss. Typically, this type of graft involves removing a small block of bone from either the lower jaw behind the wisdom teeth or the chin and transferring it to the deficient area. It generally takes about four months for the graft to fuse before implants can be placed.

Sinus Lift

Implant placement in the upper jaw is often more difficult due to the proximity of the jaw to the sinus cavity. Some patients have a naturally low sinus floor. In other cases, bone degeneration in the upper jaw causes the sinuses to expand, leaving less space for implant posts. In these cases, a sinus lift, or subantral graft, is often necessary. During the procedure, the sinus floor is gently lifted and then grafting material is placed underneath to maintain the position of the sinuses. Typically, it takes six to nine months for the jaw to heal.

To ensure the best possible results, Dr. Ahlbrecht uses advanced dental technology during every stage of implant treatment.

Restore Your Candidacy for Implants

At North Meridian Dental Excellence, we take every measure to ensure that you achieve a successful implant placement. To learn more about bone grafting and how this procedure can restore your dental implant candidacy, contact our office online or call us at (317) 571-5000 and schedule a consultation today. 

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