Bone Grafting Restores Lost Jaw Bone
Having adequate jaw bone volume is important for your oral health and for the placement of dental implants to restore lost teeth. Your jaw bone is used to hold your teeth firmly in place, but also adds shape to your facial appearance. When you have lost bone in your jaw, we can restore what is missing through bone grafting procedures. Bone grafting is a process that adds bone material to locations where it has been lost. After healing, the graft will fuse to your existing bone and create a stable foundation for dental implants to be place, as well as restore an even appearance to your smile.
How Bone Grafting Is Performed
When we perform a bone graft, our goal is to always provide a healthy jaw line with minimal discomfort to our patients. We use samples of bone from your own body or a donor source and create a sand-like granule material. The bone graft material is placed under the gums where bone needs to be restored. We use advanced technology and procedures, such as guided tissue regeneration (GTR) and plasma rich growth factors (PRGF) to ensure healing is quick and the procedure is successful.Watch Video
Bone Graft Procedures and Technology
At Winnetka Dental Care, we offer simple to advanced bone grafting procedures to ensure you get the treatment you need. We also invest in advanced techniques to improve the results of your treatment.
Following a tooth extraction there is an empty socket where the tooth root once was. In order to preserve your jaw and prepare for dental implants, this socket will need to be preserved with a bone graft. This process typically happens the same time a tooth is extracted.
If you have been missing teeth for some time, or have received trauma to the mouth, your jaw bone may be uneven and lacking volume. With bone grafting treatment, we can even out the jaw bone and add enough bone to allow for dental implants to be placed.
When you are missing teeth in the upper molar and pre-molar region, a sinus lift is typically necessary. This area of the mouth has less bone volume due to the sinus cavity residing above and minimizing the bone. We can gently access this cavity and raise the sinus membrane to allow for a bone graft to be placed underneath. Once healed, the additional bone will allow for the placement of dental implants in this region.
Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)
When placing a bone graft, we frequently use GTR to protect and cover the graft material. This is a thin resorbable membrane that protects the graft while it heals, preventing the gum tissue from filling in the area before integration.
Plasma Rich Growth Factors (PRGF)
This technology allows for an enhanced healing process. By using your own blood platelets, we can stimulate the stem cells to produce new tissue as quickly as possible. Patients typically report much less discomfort after receiving treatment when PRGF are used.