If you are missing teeth and have suffered bone degeneration as a result, your jaw may not be strong enough to support dental implants. Fortunately, a dental bone graft can restore your candidacy. Dr. James M. Stein can perform bone grafting as well as all steps of implant treatment at his Boston, MA, practice. By inserting grafted material within the socket of a missing tooth, Dr. Stein can rebuild the jawbone to create a stable foundation for implant posts.
Understanding Bone Loss
Following tooth loss, the surrounding jawbone can begin to deteriorate. Normally the jaw receives stimulation from natural teeth and dental roots through actions like chewing and biting. However, when teeth are missing, vital nutrients are rerouted to other areas of the body, causing the jawbone to break down or resorb. Without sufficient jawbone density, you may not be a suitable candidate for implants.
Are you a Candidate?
A bone grafting procedure can be a viable solution for patients who wish to replace missing teeth with implant-supported restorations but do not qualify for surgery because of bone atrophy. To determine if you are eligible for treatment, we can use advanced diagnostic technology, such as a digital 3-D scanner, to evaluate the structure of your jaw. If we identify signs of bone loss, we can use these scans to precisely plan and execute your procedure.
THE BONE GRAFTING PROCEDURE
Before surgery, we can administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort, as well as sedation if desired. Depending upon your needs, we can harvest bone from another area of your mouth or use donor bone during treatment. We can also incorporate synthetic material.
Our team can guide you through each stage of treatment to ensure the highest quality services from start to finish.
We can then make a small incision in your gums, through which we can place the grafted material. After securing the graft in place, we can close the incision with sutures.