What causes bone loss?
Tooth development defects
Wearing dentures long term
An injury to the face or trauma
Spaces left empty in the mouth after teeth are removed
Dental procedures where efforts were not made to restore natural bone
How do you treat bone loss?
Several techniques are used to rebuild bone which allows to provide a strong and sturdy foundation for implant-supported teeth.
Bone grafting is a safe and highly successful procedure that involves adding bone to the jaw using your own natural bone or synthetic bone materials. Often the new bone can be obtained from inside the mouth.
Why is a bone graft for dental implants necessary?
Strong and thick bone keeps the implant in place in its current state. If the bone is too thin or soft, it cannot support the implant and causes the implant surgery to fail.
Bone Grafting Procedure
Dr.Kim will use a special bone grafting material and graft it onto your jaw bone. You will then have to wait three months or longer while the graft generates enough strong bone to keep the implants in a stable position.
After the procedure, you will usually be given antibiotics, pain medication(if needed) and an antibacterial mouthwash. You will be given post-op instructions on how to care for the area. Your implants will be placed after the grafted bone has become a strong, integrated part of the existing bone. The amount of time the integration takes varies depending on the location of the graft and the density of the bone. It usually takes more than 3 months.
A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone in the area of your upper molars and premolars. When your upper bone is insufficient to accommodate a dental implant, a Sinus lift is performed before dental implant placement. To make room for the implant, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward and bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses.
Sinus Lifting Procedure
1. Dr.Kim will make an incision in the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be.
2. The tissue is raised, exposing the bone.
3. The exposed bone is cut in a fashion where a "trap door" of bone.
4. This movable section of bone is then pushed gently inward and upward into the sinus cavity.
5. The sinus membrane is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.
6. Bone-graft materials are packed into the empty space.
7. Once the bone is in place, the tissue is closed with stitches.
8. You will wait four to nine months before the dental implant placement.