For patients who are interested in dental implants but do not have the proper jawbone strength to maintain the implant, the first step of the process is to have a bone graft done.
For this to take place, a patient must be evaluated by Dr. Mandel and be deemed to have an unhealthy or deteriorating jawbone. This is important because a deteriorated jawbone can jeopardize the long-term success for a dental implant process. If diagnosed, Dr. Mandel will work with you to get a bone graft scheduled as soon as possible. We encourage you to read about the dental implant treatment process to ensure that bone grafting is necessary for your oral health goals.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that uses a patient’s own bone (from the hip usually) or bone from a synthetic source, to build up and strengthen areas that have deteriorated or diminished as a result of atrophy from tooth loss. This small amount of bone is surgically attached/grafted to the area of jawbone that is damaged, and left for several weeks to heal and incorporate into the jawbone. After those several weeks have passed, the treated area can then be used to support a dental implant.
In some rare cases, patients that experience very minimal jawbone loss, the bone graft may be done in unison with the dental implant placement procedure. However, it will be up to Dr. Mandel to consider and approve this combination procedure on a case by case basis only.
The first image here shows the space created by removing a tooth; this image is taken immediately after the extraction has taken place. If the bone is not preserved, the tissue is subject to shrinkage and a defect in both the bone height and width, as well as the tissue contour is likely.
The second image shows the same area created by removing a tooth; this image is taken after preservation materials have been placed in the bone socket. This shows the areas that have received the bone graft and will be able to support further bone growth, preserving the height of the bone for future implant procedures.
For patients who have experienced gum tissue recession, and now suffer from dangerous levels of gum tissues that are incapable of properly supporting a dental implant, Dr. Mandel offers a soft-tissue grafting procedure. Soft-tissue grafting fortifies the areas of the gums that will be supporting future dental implants. The procedure itself involves the extraction of soft-tissue from the roof of the mouth (the palate) and the grafting of that tissue onto the healthy tissue available for the future implant. These grafts are left to heal for several weeks before they are able to withstand the level of oral surgery needed to place the new dental implants.
Contact Ben Mandel DDS to Schedule Your Consultation Today!
If you are considering a dental implant but cannot qualify as a patient due to a lack of jawbone strength or viable gum tissue, we encourage you to call Dr. Mandel today. With our comprehensive dental solutions, our patients can enjoy all the cosmetic and functional benefits of having a full set of natural, healthy teeth. Contact Ben Mandel DDS in La Mesa, CA, to schedule your consultation now!