Most patients will immediately qualify for dental implants. However, some patients may need to undergo additional treatment to prepare their smile before beginning the implant process.
One of the most common issues that requires supplemental treatment is a lack of jawbone density. In situations like this, Dr. Winter can perform bone grafting, an oral surgery used to restore and reinforce deficient jawbone tissue.
Medical professionals use bone grafting anytime alterations to bones are necessary. In dentistry, Dr. Winter can use bone grafts to assist the following treatments:
- Salvaging Teeth: Patients who suffer from extreme gum disease may experience bone loss and loosening teeth. Dr. Winter can recover the tooth by regenerating the bone that secures it in place.
- Tooth Extractions: It’s become common practice to fill an empty tooth socket, left from a previously extracted tooth, with bone grafting material. Encouraging bone growth provides a stable foundation in case you want dental implants later on.
- Dental Implants: The gold standard for tooth replacement, dental implants use a small titanium fixture to secure the implant onto your jawbone. This procedure requires prominent bone density to ensure its success. Dr. Winter can use bone grafts to produce ample amounts of bone to place the implant, providing excellent functionality.
Like all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with bone grafting. You may experience bleeding, swelling, redness, infection, and pain. Furthermore, bone grafting involves other risks, including:
- Nerve injury
- Bone graft rejection
- Reabsorption of the graft
At Advanced Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Winter will use his most effective techniques and treatments to produce the results that you need. For bone grafting, he’ll administer local anesthesia to mitigate any pain from the procedure.
Once numb, Dr. Winter will make a small incision in your gum tissue to access the graft-receiving bone. While this is a minor surgery, you may experience tenderness along the affected area afterward.
Then, Dr. Winter will apply the bone grafting material to the exposed bone. Over the next few months, your body will gradually replace the grafting material with newly formed bone.
After he clears you, your smile will be ready for our attractive dental implants.
If you’re experiencing tooth loss or tooth weakness, a bone graft can prepare your mouth for the most durable and long-lasting tooth-replacement option on the market—dental implants.
For patients in Beverly Hills or nearby areas, we recommend contacting our office at 248-642-3800 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Winter.
During this time, we’ll discuss what you want to get out of your smile and if bone grafting is necessary. Alternatively, you can fill out the submission form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.