Because bone atrophy commonly affects patients who have lost teeth, Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates offer bone-grafting services. When teeth are lost, the jawbones will atrophy over time because a tooth’s roots are no longer present in the bone. This natural response to tooth loss can impede the successful placement of single dental implants and implant supported dentures. In addition to the loss of bone caused by missing teeth, advanced periodontal disease also erodes bone mass and affects oral health.
Bone grafting involves taking mass from healthy bone from other areas of the body such as the hip and placing it into damaged or atrophied facial bone. This type of procedure can improve the success rate of dental implant stabilization and has varied uses in reconstructive surgery. Bone grafts can also substantially improve a patient’s appearance when pronounced bone atrophy affects the shape and contour of one’s face.
Dental implants are surgically embedded into jawbone and rely on bone mass for support. In the past, before bone grafting was widely available, many patients with bone atrophy could not receive dental implants and instead had limited tooth replacement options.
Now that bone grafts are known to successfully support dental implants, patients can enjoy restored tooth function, a natural looking appearance, and a level of stability and comfort that is simply not available with traditional dentures. Various regions may require bone grafts to support implants such as the maxillary sinuses located behind the cheeks or the boney ridge of the jawbone.
For patients with atrophied bone, we recommend that you schedule an examination with our team to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Patients receiving bone grafts should be healthy enough to undergo and heal from surgery. During your examination, our surgeons will determine the best course of action for your unique condition.
To schedule an examination at Central Oklahoma Oral Surgery Associates, contact our office today.