While many patients seek the benefits of dental implants for tooth replacement, some may have inadequate bone mass to receive implant posts. Fortunately, many patients can qualify for treatment after a preparatory bone grafting procedure. The specialists at Northern Colorado Periodontics in Fort Collins, CO, perform all types of pre-implant bone grafting and ridge augmentation to help patients receive dental implants. With our expert care, you can achieve significantly improved oral health and a higher quality of life.
What is Bone Grafting?
After tooth loss, the body naturally begins to reabsorb the bone tissue, leading to bone loss. Patients who have worn traditional dentures or other restorations may have experienced significant thinning of the bony ridge. A bone graft can add bone tissue to this ridge to rebuild areas that have deteriorated and become recessed.
Bone grafting takes advantage of the body’s natural capacity to regenerate bone. When new bone is placed beside existing bone, a process of fusion begins, and the tissue can become a permanent part of the jaw. Patients can experience significant bone growth and sturdier bone density to support dental implants.
The procedure can be performed with a local anesthetic, but Northern Colorado Periodontics offers several sedation options to keep patients completely comfortable. If you undergo bone grafting with us, we can ensure you are fully informed and well taken care of every step of the way.
Types of Bone Grafting
There are three types of bone grafting that our doctors typically perform. They can help you choose the best procedure for your needs depending upon your treatment timeline and current bone density.
Ridge Preservation with Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions can be performed with ridge preservation to preserve the existing bone. Using specialized instruments, the doctor takes care to retain as much bone as possible as teeth are removed. Immediately afterward, a bone graft is placed within each socket. This procedure reduces bone loss considerably, leaving the jaw ready to support future dental implants.
Ridge Augmentation Bone Graft
For patients who have experienced bone depletion after tooth loss, a ridge augmentation can add volume to the existing bone. The graft is usually performed several months prior to implant surgery, which will then take place after fusion is complete. Depending upon the degree of bone loss, this graft can sometimes be performed simultaneously with implant placement.
At Northern Colorado Periodontics, we can handle all of your surgical needs for dental implants, from preparatory procedures to implant placement. Our doctors have an outstanding reputation and the necessary experience to provide superior treatment.
Sinus Lift Bone Graft
The roots of upper molars rest very closely to your sinus cavities, which lie just above the mouth. When these teeth are lost, the sinus typically expands and the jaw can shrink, reducing the amount of bone that can be used to anchor dental implants. A sinus lift adds bone to this area to prevent implants from piercing the floor of the sinus.
Undergo Advanced Treatment
At Northern Colorado Periodontics, we can handle all of your surgical needs for dental implants, from preparatory procedures to implant placement. Our doctors have an outstanding reputation and the necessary experience to provide superior treatment. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.