Bone and Sinus Grafts
Rebuilding Failing Jaw Bones
We often see the signs of a failing smile above the gumline. Lost or damaged teeth are generally easy to spot, especially at the front of your smile. But below your gum line, you may have issues with your jaw.
Resorption is a naturally occurring deterioration of bone mass. When you lose a tooth, the area of bone that once supported it breaks down.
Over time, this becomes visible in your facial structure. A lack of bone means the skin around your lips lacks support, and you start developing an aged appearance.
Bone loss makes it difficult to place dental implants. Without adequate density in your jaw, we can’t anchor titanium implants and rehabilitate your smile. We can do a bone graft or sinus lift to restore this lost bone mass.
What Causes Bone Loss?
Jaw bone resorption occurs for several reasons. It’s a common issue that can affect you after losing teeth. But there are other causes, including trauma, gum disease, following the removal of tumours or cysts, and age.
Bone loss occurs gradually. As well as not having enough density to support dental implants, the skin around your mouth may begin to sag, giving your smile an aged appearance.
The Science Behind Bone Augmentation
Sometimes referred to as a block graft or bone augmentation, bone grafts rebuild the jaw in preparation for implant surgery. As with other parts of your body, it’s possible to remodel or regenerate bone tissue. Bone augmentation typically has excellent success rates.
Your graft can use a small piece of bone from another part of your body or synthetic material. Sometimes, bone grafts use materials of animal origin or from a bone bank. We’ll apply the material directly to your jaw.
Over time, the new material fuses with your jaw.
The best choice is an autogenous graft that uses your own bone. Your jaw will accept the bone, and the healing process will be quicker.
Bone Graft Types
Onlay grafts are directly applied to the bone’s surface. After gradually building a mature connection with your jaw, we can perform dental implant surgery.
A sinus lift is a commonly used bone graft technique where the upper jaw lacks density. The maxillary sinuses are air-filled pockets on either side of the nose above your upper molar and premolar teeth.
This type of graft involves placing bone material between the maxillary sinuses and the jaw. Placing the graft in this space will create sufficient bone density to support implants.
Bone Grafts at Hale Dental
A bone graft or sinus lift is a surgical procedure to restore your jaw’s ability to support dental implants. At Hale Dental, we’re very experienced in delivering this advanced treatment.
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What To Expect From Your Bone Graft Process
Before your bone graft, we’ll take jaw scans to assess the density and plan the procedure.
We’ll perform your procedure while you’re under anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. To place the graft material, we’ll enter through your gums. After placing the bone in position, we’ll close your gums with stitches.
You can usually return to your usual daily routine after a short time. Any discomfort can be easily managed and should subside entirely after a week or two.
Although you’ll feel completely normal again after a while, beneath the surface of your gums, your jaw will gradually heal as the graft fuses. This can take several months. Factors that affect the healing process include the position and type of graft used and your body’s natural capacity for quick recovery.
Once we’re happy your jaw has fully healed, you can receive dental implant surgery.
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