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Restore Bone Density and Regain Complete Health

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Restore Lost Jaw Volume and Density with Bone Grafting Surgery

Dental implants have revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry by allowing patients to experience permanently attached crowns, bridges, and dentures with an unparalleled level of stability. Unfortunately, many patients will find that they are not good candidates for dental implants because their jaws are not dense enough or lack volume to support the implant posts. To restore jaw bone volume and density allowing patients to qualify for dental implants, Dr. Jay Ajmo can perform bone grafting surgery at our Palm Beach Gardens, FL, practice. To discover how you may benefit from a bone grafting procedure, contact our practice today.

Candidates for Bone Grafting

After tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jaw will no longer receive proper stimulation, causing it to gradually resorb. This bone resorption or recession can eventually lead to changing facial structure and a range of oral health concerns. Dental implants, which are small metal posts that function as artificial tooth roots, require a certain amount of bone volume for placement, so patients with weakened jawbones will often find they are precluded from treatment. In these cases, bone grafting offers an effective way to restore lost jawbone volume and density.

We can evaluate your candidacy for bone grafting by taking cone beam computerized tomography (CT) scans. These scans will create a 3-D image of your jawbone so that we can evaluate the level of bone resorption to determine where you may need bone grafting. Bone grafting involves surgically placing a small amount of bone grafting material into the jaw. The graft not only replaces lost bone tissue, it also stimulates new bone growth. The graft typically comes from one of two sources — the patient’s own body or from a bone bank. At PGA Dentistry, we use only sterile freeze-dried bone from a highly credible American company with a long track record of supplying doctors and hospitals freeze-dried bone. There are no living cells in it, so there is zero chance of contracting any infection from freeze-dried bone grafts.

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The Bone Grafting Procedure

Your bone grafting surgery will be performed in our office in totally sterile environment. The graft not only replaces lost tissue, but it also stimulates new bone growth. Most bone grafting is performed under some level of sedation, so you will be totally comfortable and free of any stress. After the sedatives take effect, we will administer local anesthesia to ensure your totally numb and comfort. Next, an incision will be made in the gums to access the weakened area of your jawbone. The graft will then be placed in the area where more bone volume is required and a protective membrane will be placed over the site. Once the area is sutured, the procedure is complete. Because of the sedatives, you will need to have someone drive you home.

The graft will be left to heal for several months, and you will return for follow-up appointments during this time so that we can monitor your progress. We can also begin planning the details of your dental implants treatment while healing takes place.

What is a Sinus Lift?

Maxillary sinuses are empty, air-filled spaces located above the upper teeth, just behind the cheeks. When the upper teeth are missing or removed, some patients are left with a thin wall of bone between the sinus tissues and alveolar ridge (where teeth are normally positioned in the jaw), making it unsafe to place dental implants. During a sinus lift procedure, Dr. Ajmo raises the soft tissues of the sinuses and places grafted bone to serve as a foundation for implants.
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What is a Sinus Lift?

Maxillary sinuses are empty, air-filled spaces located above the upper teeth, just behind the cheeks. When the upper teeth are missing or removed, some patients are left with a thin wall of bone between the sinus tissues and alveolar ridge (where teeth are normally positioned in the jaw), making it unsafe to place dental implants. During a sinus lift procedure, Dr. Ajmo raises the soft tissues of the sinuses and places grafted bone to serve as a foundation for implants.

Sinus Lift Procedure

To determine if you require a sinus lift or any other preparatory procedure before receiving dental implants, we will take a 3D CT scan to thoroughly study the anatomy of your jaw and sinuses. The amount of time needed for the graft to integrate with the jaw depends on the size of the bone graft, your natural capacity to heal, and other factors. Typically, it will take between three to six months before you can receive implants.
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Sinus Lift Procedure

To determine if you require a sinus lift or any other preparatory procedure before receiving dental implants, we will take a 3D CT scan to thoroughly study the anatomy of your jaw and sinuses. The amount of time needed for the graft to integrate with the jaw depends on the size of the bone graft, your natural capacity to heal, and other factors. Typically, it will take between three to six months before you can receive implants.

Soft Tissue Augmentation to Support Your Teeth

Soft tissue augmentation is a similar concept to bone grafting. It is used when there is not enough gum tissue for the dental implant procedure to be completed. The purpose of soft tissue augmentation is to enhance the look and maintenance of teeth and implants, so something is there (tissue and gum) when you floss and brush. If we all had less gums, it would be more difficult to maintain oral health because there would be nothing in between teeth to floss and brush, therefore teeth would decay far quicker due to the lack of space and protection in between each tooth. With a soft tissue augmentation procedure, the soft tissue may be from a donor or made of synthetic material, depending on the situation. Then, the tissue will be transplanted to the graft site in order to create a stable foundation for the titanium screws that will be fused together with the gums and jawbone, forming a normal, healthy bone structure that looks naturally appealing. Soft tissue grafts may take a few weeks to months to heal properly for the best dental implant results.
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Soft Tissue Augmentation to Support Your Teeth

Soft tissue augmentation is a similar concept to bone grafting. It is used when there is not enough gum tissue for the dental implant procedure to be completed. The purpose of soft tissue augmentation is to enhance the look and maintenance of teeth and implants, so something is there (tissue and gum) when you floss and brush. If we all had less gums, it would be more difficult to maintain oral health because there would be nothing in between teeth to floss and brush, therefore teeth would decay far quicker due to the lack of space and protection in between each tooth. With a soft tissue augmentation procedure, the soft tissue may be from a donor or made of synthetic material, depending on the situation. Then, the tissue will be transplanted to the graft site in order to create a stable foundation for the titanium screws that will be fused together with the gums and jawbone, forming a normal, healthy bone structure that looks naturally appealing. Soft tissue grafts may take a few weeks to months to heal properly for the best dental implant results.

Contact Us to Learn More

As a renowned board-certified dental implant surgeon and expert cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ajmo possesses comprehensive expertise restoring smiles after tooth loss. If you have found that jawbone loss is preventing you from receiving dental implants, schedule an appointment to discover if bone grafting can help you qualify.

Restore Proper Bone Health And Realize A Confident New You.

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