Bone Grafting

[header type=”h1″]Bone Grafting for Dental Implants[/header]

Dental implants are unique amongst tooth replacement treatments in that they fully integrate with your oral anatomy, becoming another naturally-functioning part of your mouth. They accomplish this through the process of osseointegration, which involves the weaving of newly generated bone tissue in and around the implant, holding it tightly in place. For osseointegration to be successful, however, the patient should have adequate jawbone density and volume. Oftentimes, even if you’ve suffered from some bone loss, implant provider Dr. Stephen Lockwood may still be able to successfully place a dental implant. Sometimes, however, a bone graft may be necessary to restore the jaw’s strength and to prepare it for implantation.

What is Bone Grafting?

A bone graft is a supplemental procedure that involves the application of new bone tissue to weakened areas of the jaw. This method of restoring the health to our bone structure has been around, in some for or another, for a very, very long time. Amazingly, human cultures as old as Ancient Eygpt had methods of repairing broken bones. Modern grafting can be traced all the way back to 1912, when Vittorio Putti, an Italian doctor and professor, published a paper on a new, modern approach to the treatment. This paper has provided the basic standards for bone grafting that continue to this day, although the tools, the technology, and our knowledge have greatly evolved and improved since then.

Today, there are three general bone graft treatments available:

  • Autologous bone grafts taken bone tissue from other parts of the patient’s body, such as the chin. This is the preferred method, although the patient’s eligibility depends on specific details unique to that person.
  • An allograft uses tissue taken from a bone bank, which is a special medical warehouse that contains safe bone tissue taken from other people or from certain animals. An allograft is chosen if the patient is not eligible for an autologous bone graft.
  • If you are not a candidate for either an autologous procedure or an allograft, then Dr. Lockwood may use synthetic tissue This is artificial bone made out of hydroxyapatite or another similar, biocompatible material.

What kind of bone graft is best for you is something to discuss with Dr. Lockwood during your one-on-one dental implant consultation. We encourage you to ask questions and to express any concerns you may have, as only an informed patient can make the very best decisions for his or her dental health.

On the day of the procedure, Dr. Lockwood may administer a general anesthesia, which will minimize any pain or discomfort you may feel. When ready, he will then make a small incision in the skin along the jaw, after which he will apply the new bone tissue to the targeted areas of the jawbone. Finally, the wound will be sutured and then bandaged, preparing the patient for a one to three month-long rest and recovery period.

A Stunning Smile is a Treatment Away

Our La Jolla, CA patients find that the benefits of dental implants are well worth the investment. Not only can they replace any unappealing gaps or holes with a natural-looking dental crown, they can also help safeguard your dental health. At our La Jolla, CA we all firmly believe that you deserve a smile you can be proud of. To achieve the results you desire, contact our friendly staff and schedule your consultation today!