Restore Implant Candidacy with a Dental Bone Graft

Dentist in Irving, TX

Since dental implants rely on surrounding jawbone tissue for support, lack of sufficient tissue in the area can disqualify you from receiving an implant-supported restoration. However, a dental bone graft from Dr. John Lee in Irving, TX, can restore your candidacy and allow you to take advantage of the life-changing benefits of dental implants. At Kids and Grownups Dental, Dr. Lee can perform virtually every stage of implant treatment, including implant surgery and final placement of your restoration.

Dental bone grafting process
The dental bone grafting procedure takes only a short amount of time to perform, but requires a number of months of recovery. 

The Purpose of Bone Grafting

The roots of your teeth are constantly stimulating your jawbone, encouraging your body to send resources to the jaw. When you lose a tooth, your body stops sending resources and tissue begins to deteriorate. If too much tissue degeneration occurs, dental implants cannot be placed because there will not be enough tissue to support the implant post.

The best way to find out if you are a candidate for a dental bone grafting procedure is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Lee.

For qualifying patients, a dental bone graft can restore the necessary jawbone tissue and create a strong base in which to embed dental implants. During this procedure, a small amount of grafting material is placed in the area of tissue deficit. Over time, the body absorbs the material and replaces it with healthy bone for a stronger, healthier jawbone.

Am I a Candidate?

The best way to find out if you are a candidate for a dental bone grafting procedure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee. During the appointment, we will take a series of scans and x-rays to assess the density of your jawbone and recommend the best course of treatment. We recommend you address any underlying oral health issues, such as periodontal disease or root canal infection, before beginning any stage of dental implant treatment.

Types of Dental Bone Grafts

Depending on the location of your tissue loss and how extensive the degeneration is, Dr. Lee can recommend one of several types of dental bone grafts. In some cases, a combination of two or more grafts is necessary to fully prepare your jaw for dental implant placement surgery.

Socket Graft

Socket grafts are also known as alveolar ridge preservation grafts because they are typically performed after a tooth extraction. The grafting material helps preserve the space left behind by the tooth to prevent degeneration. For most patients, it takes between three and six months after a ridge graft is performed before an implant can be placed.

Block Bone Graft

In cases of more extensive deterioration, Dr. Lee can perform a block bone graft. Also referred to as an autogenous ramus or chin graft, this procedure uses a relatively small block of bone to restore larger areas of tissue deficit. The bone is harvested from the chin or the mandibular ramus area behind the second molars. After about four months, the bone fuses with the surrounding tissue, allowing implant placement.

Sinus Lift

Sinus lifts, or subantral grafts, are used when the sinus floor rests too closely to the upper jaw for implant placement. During this procedure, the sinus floor is gently lifted away from the jaw and the space is packed with grafting material to maintain the new position. It generally takes six to nine months for patients to heal sufficiently after a sinus lift.

Build a Strong Foundation

Successful osseointegration is crucial for a strong implant-supported restoration. If you have experienced jawbone tissue loss that is preventing you from receiving dental implants, a bone grafting procedure at Kids and Grownups Dental may help. To find out more about restoring your candidacy for dental implants, call our office at (972) 255-4164 or contact us online today.