When a patient does not have enough jawbone for a dental implant, bone grafting is an effective solution offered by the Sacramento Dentistry Group.
There are four different types of material used for bone grafting. Graft material may come from just one or a combination of these substances during a single procedure.
The type of material used depends on the patient and their circumstances. When large amounts of graft material are required, a strictly autogenous graft is usually not possible without surgery in a hospital to remove bone from the patient’s hip or shin. Since most patients want to avoid a hospital visit, the other three grafting choices are usually preferred or are used to supplement an autogenous bone graft.
Bone grafting can be completed during a single visit to the dental offices of Dr. Brian Steele. Afterwards, an autograft takes four to six months to complete, while other forms of grafting take up to nine months or more before the jaw is ready for implants or further work. A membrane is often attached to the jaw to ensure the development of bone instead of soft tissue during the grafting process. In addition, temporary bridges or specialized dentures may be used for the patient in the interim.
Filling the hole left by a single extracted tooth is rather simple, using any of the methods discussed above. For larger grafts, to repair jaws damaged by deterioration or accident, onlay grafts are used.
We choose from three sites for onlay graft material: your chin, ramus (the back of the jaw) or hipbones. A fairly simple procedure takes small amounts of bone from these areas and transfers it to your jaw, usually to be temporarily held in place with bone screws. After the graft has healed and fused with your jaw, dental implants are usually installed.
The Sacramento Dentistry Group does its best to provide you with a relatively pain-free, comfortable experience during all of our dental procedures, including bone grafts. If a bone graft is necessary, but sounds intimidating, why not consider the benefits of sleep dentistry in connection with this procedure? The dentists of the Sacramento Dentistry Group do their utmost to answer your questions, handle your concerns and give you the best appearance and dental health possible with the least amount of worry or anxiety.
Bone grafting is nearly always successful. While bone grafts do fail on occasion, even when autogenous bone is used, the fault almost always lies with preventable problems, such as infection, smoking or specific medical conditions. Every step is taken to consider these circumstances before our dentists attempt to add bone to your jaw. The goal of any bone graft procedure is a better jaw, a better smile and better dental health for you!