Bone loss in the jaw is a common condition among Norman, OK, patients that affects oral function, facial appearance and dental health. It leaves indentations in your gums, alters natural jaw contours and can lead to shifting of the teeth. But bone loss can also impair your ability to replace missing or unsalvageable teeth with dental implants. Similar to natural teeth, dental implants need adequate, healthy bone levels for support. When teeth are lost, the roots are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone and keep it healthy. Over time, the bone deteriorates and will continue to do so unless bone grafting is performed and dental implants are placed to help preserve bone health.
At Rose Rock Dental, our doctors have advanced expertise in rehabilitating the jaw with bone grafting techniques. Bone grafting replaces lost bone using bone tissue samples from your own body or other donor sources. Over time, new bone integrates with existing bone to return the jawbone foundation to a healthier state and provide the necessary support for dental implants. Even if you have been told you do not qualify for implants because of bone loss, a bone grafting procedure from our experienced team may be all that is needed to make you a candidate for this life-changing tooth replacement solution!
Bone loss along the ridge, or bony arch that supports teeth and implants, is rehabilitated through ridge augmentation. As the most common form of bone grafting, ridge augmentation rebuilds bone tissue in areas of loss, reestablishing a solid foundation for your future implants, oral health and smile. Ridge preservation is a proactive bone grafting technique, performed immediately following tooth extractions. With this procedure, we add bone grafting material directly to tooth sockets left in the bone, preserving the site with adequate bone support until you are ready for dental implants.
Replacing upper molar and premolar teeth with implants often presents a unique challenge. When tooth loss occurs in this area, the floor of the sinus tends to expand into the space once occupied by tooth roots. This diminishes the amount of bone available to support dental implants. A sinus lift is a bone grafting technique we use to raise the floor of the sinus. We then add bone grafting materials to increase bone height and volume, improving your candidacy for replacing upper back teeth with dental implants. For some patients, our doctors may add bone grafting tissue directly to the sinus floor in increase bone supply.
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