Sometimes, there is not enough stable bone present in your jaw due to infections, decay, or disease. In these instances, you may require a bone graft. For a bone graft procedure, your oral surgeon will insert a bone sample to the area of the jaw in need of support. Then, you will be given instructions on how to help the bone heal properly. When there is sufficient bone that is ready to support a stable dental implant, the implant can be placed.
Some of our patients have shared their stories with us about their bone grafting experience at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery. Please feel free to listen to them and learn more about bone grafting procedures.
When you have missing teeth, there are no longer tooth roots in place to continuously stimulate your jaw bone when you chew to keep it healthy. The common result is bone atrophy in the jaw and alveolar ridge (the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth). For a stable dental implant placement, a certain amount of healthy bone in the jaw is required. When this bone is lacking, oral surgeons use advanced bone grafting techniques to build up bone mass to support an eventual dental implant. Once the new implant or implants are placed, they will act just like natural tooth roots to maintain the integrity of the bone for years to come.
Drs. Roden and Alling are experts at the bone and soft tissue grafting procedures that allow more patients the opportunity to receive stable, long-lasting dental implants, and we perform these procedures in the comfort of our practice in Birmingham, Alabama. Our doctors also utilize bone grafting in the treatment of other oral and maxillofacial conditions, such as in the repair of facial abnormalities or injuries due to facial trauma.
Please feel free to request a consultation at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery to discover if bone grafting or soft tissue grafts will be a part of your treatment plan. During this appointment, the health of your gum tissue and your jaw bone will be assessed to discover if a tissue or bone graft will benefit you.
We find that our bone grafting patients are given a boost of confidence about treatment when they hear stories from patients who have already undergone similar treatment at our practice. We encourage you to check out our Patient Stories page.
Bone grafts are so effective at helping to build bone mass and strength in areas of the jaw where implants are to be placed that they are often a first step in the dental implant process. Bone grafts usually consist of a solution of granulated bone material or other healing agents applied to the areas of the jaw where implants are to be placed. The bone material we use is sourced from another part of your body or, most often, a tissue bank.
We perform several types of bone grafts to meet our patient’s needs:
Sometimes, the quality or quantity of gum tissue is lacking around the area where a dental implant is to be inserted. In these cases, soft tissue grafts can be an important part of successful dental implant placement. In this type of procedure, grafted soft tissue is harvested from another part of your oral cavity to promote optimal healing around a dental implant and help ensure an optimal long-term result. There are also some synthetic or tissue bank materials which can be utilized as well.
Please contact the knowledgeable staff at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery with any questions you have about the procedures and services we offer or if you are ready to request a consultation appointment with Dr. Roden or Dr. Alling.