What is a Bone Graft?
Types of bone grafting for Dental Implants
In most cases it is critical to perform a bone graft immediately at the time of a tooth extraction to ensure that adequate bone will be present to support a future implant and to minimize bone loss and gum recession of neighboring teeth. A bone graft done simultaneously with a tooth extraction is called a ridge preservation procedure. San Diego’s Dr. Beck is an expert on this technique, having performed it thousands of times. Dr. Beck spent 3 years studying this topic for her masters degree and published her research in a world- renowned medical journal.
Ridge preservation grafting is a highly successful and virtually painless procedure, which can prevent severe and permanent consequences, including deformation of your jaw bone, compromised bone support and severe gum recession of neighboring teeth. Delaying treatment may require painful, complicated and expensive reconstruction procedures in an attempt to repair the damage. As a highly trained board certified periodontal surgeon, Dr. Beck specializes in both simple and complex bone grafting in San Diego, to ensure safe and successful outcomes that will be stable for a lifetime. At Southern California Periodontics & Implantology, we strongly believe that ridge preservation bone grafting provides the most predictable & esthetic long-term implant results.
The sinus is an empty space inside you upper jaw, just above your back teeth. If you’ve ever suffered from severe allergies or sinus congestion, you’ve probably felt the pressure deep inside your cheek bones. This is where the sinus is located. In some cases the upper tooth roots actually extend into the sinus! Often times, when an upper back tooth is removed and a dental implant is desired to replace it, a sinus augmentation (AKA sinus graft) is required. There are many different ways to achieve this, depending on how much additional bone is required to support the future implant,how long the tooth has been missing, how many teeth are missing, and how many implants will be needed. In most cases, a minimally invasive “crestal sinus lift” can be performed at the same time as implant placement.This procedure adds a small amount of bone into the sinus immediately before placing a dental implant. During the next 3-4 months, the body breaks down the bone graft and replaces with your own bone.
A sinus graft procedure can be performed with just local anesthetic (numbing), but sedation options are also available to minimize any stress or anxiety one may have about the procedure. The procedure is virtually painless, with most San Diego patients needing nothing more than ibuprofen (advil) during recovery and are able to return to work and normal activities within a day or two. If the tooth has been missing for an extended period of time, the jaw bone can become very thin and an alternative and more complex approach may be required. This is one reason why one should not delay replacement of missing teeth with dental implants. The longer the tooth is missing, the weaker the jaw bone becomes, and more complex (and expensive) procedures may be needed to restore it to its previous strength so that a dental implant can be placed. If you are missing an upper molar and think you may require a sinus procedure to support a dental implant, call us today for a consultation. We will fully evaluate the area of the planned dental implant utilizing our state-of-the-art in-house 3D CT scanning machine.
Contact Dr. Beck in San Diego for a bone grafting consultation at (858) 924-0191.