Before dental implant treatment, we need to make sure that patients are good candidates for treatment. Patients cannot smoke or use tobacco products during the implant treatment process because nicotine constricts the blood vessels and inhibits healing.
Dental patients also need enough healthy jaw bones to support dental implants and implant restorations. Bone grafting is an option for patients in our Palmdale, CA office if they do not have enough healthy jaw bones and require stability.
Sinus augmentation and bone grafting treatments create stable, lasting restorations. The treatments themselves are safe and create effective results.
Bone Grafting in Palmdale, CA
A bone grafting procedure can help patients who have lost bone due to bone resorption. Bone resorption occurs after tooth loss or a tooth extraction when there is no longer a tooth root. As a result, patients can lose facial structure and experience facial sagging. Bone loss can also make it difficult to receive lasting dental restorations.
This is where bone grafting treatments come into play. Bone grafting prevents further damage to remaining teeth adjacent to a missing tooth or teeth. This treatment also ensures that patients have enough bone tissue to support dental implants and implant restorations.
During a bone grafting procedure, we add bone material to the tooth socket. Then, we place a membrane over the socket. Over time, the body regenerates the bone. We will examine the treated area one to two weeks later and remove sutures as needed. Then, after 3 to 6 months, the bone graft is fully integrated with the jaw bone, and you will be prepared for implant treatment.
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Also known as sinus augmentation, sinus lift surgery ensures that patients have enough healthy bone in the upper back jaw. Because this space is close to the sinuses, we can essentially “lift” or raise the sinus floor for new bone to form.
During this surgery, we lift the bone into the sinus cavity and fill the space beneath with bone grafting material made from calcium and ceramic. Without a sinus lift, an implant can impact the sinuses. Sinus augmentation adds more structure to protect the sinuses and ensure healthy implants.
Bone Grafting Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is a bone graft?
Oral surgeons perform bone grafts under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel much pain. However, once the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some discomfort. You can easily manage any pain or discomfort using over-the-counter medications and pain relievers. Lastly, remember to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your dentist.
Call Our Palmdale and Lancaster Dental Offices
If you are interested in dental implants but are unsure if you have enough jaw bone left to support a restoration, please call our dental offices.
Contact our Palmdale office at (661) 231-7031 or call our Lancaster office at (661) 231-7157.
We will work with you throughout the treatment process to ensure you feel comfortable and happy with your dental restoration.