Dental implants are an excellent way to restore missing or broken teeth, but they cannot always be done immediately! Because the dental implant is placed into the jawbone, the bone must be strong enough to support the implant. Previous oral health issues can weaken bone density, making a patient not a good candidate for a dental implant.
But, with bone grafting treatments from Pickens Family Dentistry, patients can restore their jawbone to a healthier state. Discover more about bone grafting options in Vancouver. Call for your FREE consultation at Pickens Family Dentistry!
What Is a Bone Graft?
Dental bone grafts help patients who have lost volume and density in their jawbone. The procedure restores the area. Often, a bone graft is used to strengthen the jaw to support a dental implant.
The bone graft process takes material from the patient’s body or from a human tissue bank. In rare cases, the material is synthetically created. Often the bone is pulled from your hip area. The graft material then goes into the jawbone during a surgical procedure and is left to heal.
Benefits of Dental Bone Grafting For Implant Dentistry
Dental bone grafting has many benefits for patients experiencing bone loss in their jaw. Some of the advantages of receiving a bone grafting treatment include:
- Restores the shape and foundation of the jaw: Loss of bone density can negatively impact the shape of your mouth and teeth. A bone graft adds stability to the entire mouth.
- Increases self-confidence: Restoring the jawbone creates a foundation for a dental implant. With a replacement tooth, you’ll love your smile again.
- Strengthens bite function: Having bone loss in your jaw impacts your ability to bite and chew properly. The bone graft can restore bite strength.
For these reasons and more, a dental bone graft at Pickens Family Dentistry may be the best treatment option for you. Call Pickens Family Dentistry to discuss a bone graft today!
How Does a Dental Bone Grafting Procedure Work?
During the bone graft procedure, Dr. Pickens and his support staff place the bone graft materials into the jawbone. This is a surgical procedure that’s done under pain management and anesthetic.
After the treatment, the body heals around the bone graft material. Think of the dental bone graft as a scaffold or foundation on which your body will grow new bone tissue.
How Much Does a Dental Bone Graft Cost?
The cost of a bone graft depends on how extensive the graft needs to be. Your location and other treatments associated with your graft may affect the cost too. Come in for a consultation, and we will set up a payment plan!
After Treatment Care and What to Expect
While even the phrase “bone graft” can sound a bit intimidating and intense, the procedure is relatively simple and not as scary as it sounds. It’s usually performed under anesthesia or local anesthesia and only takes around a couple of weeks to heal.
From there, the bone itself may need up to nine months to strengthen fully.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift is an advanced bone grafting treatment. The maxillary sinuses are situated above the top back teeth. When teeth in the upper back part of the mouth are gone, the sinuses will sometimes drop down. This means that there isn’t room for a dental implant, as the sinuses take over the space where a tooth root should be.
Sinus lifts can be necessary to create room for implants but also to preserve your nasal health. In order to place a dental implant, a sinus lift moves the sinuses back to their proper place in the mouth. After a lift, the bone graft is performed to create a new foundation for the tooth implant. If you need a sinus lift, we can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon we partner with.
What’s the Benefit of a Sinus Lift?
Sinus lifts help patients who are missing upper back teeth. With a sinus lift, the jawbone becomes strong enough to support a dental implant.
With a dental implant, you can get a lifelong, replacement tooth that looks and functions just like your natural teeth.
For a Bone Graft Teeth Can Depend On, Call Pickens Family Dentistry
Need a replacement tooth and have jawbone loss? At Pickens Family Dentistry, we offer bone grafts to patients in the Vancouver area.
As an experienced restorative density, Dr. Pickens and his friendly staff want to help you restore your smile and ensure you are comfortable. You can always reach out to us with any questions you have about dental implants and bone grafting. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and find out more about dental bone grafting.