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Bone Grafting

If you have suffered tooth loss, trauma, or a congenial jaw detect, you may have a weekend jawbone. To fortify the jawbone, a bone graft may be necessary. Dr. Grellner has the skills and expertise to perform a bone graft that will efficiently prepare your jaw for placing dental implants. His highly specialized techniques (called a ridge spilt) can minimize the risks involved in the delicate surgical process. Patients can also enjoy a quicker recovery time, so they are on the road to receiving their dental implants sooner.

The bone loss that inevitably occurs during and after tooth removal must be replaced to make replacement with a dental implant possible and more successful.

To be healthy and strong, a dental implant must be surrounded by adequate bone. Bone can be missing for various reasons:

  • 01 A missing permanent tooth that prevented the jaw ridge from developing to its, normal width and height
  • 02 A broken or abscessed tooth that lost bone due to surgical difficulties or infection prior to surgery
  • 03 Normal loss of bone after a tooth has been removed that persists until an implant is placed to slow further loss. This process of bone loss (atrophy) starts the moment the tooth is removed, and continues until the jaw ridge is severely compromised in height and width.
  • 04 Traumatic loss of bone

Though it might seem logical to immediately place a dental implant at the time a tooth is extracted, bone loss will occur in specific part of the jaws ridge the first couple of months after extraction anyway which could compromise the ultimate healing and success of the implant placed. A more conservative approach allows the inevitable initial bone loss to occur so we can repair it once the damaging process has slowed (after 2 months).

Since many other changes will occur in the jaws after tooth removal that will create even more problems for placement of a dental implant, you are wise to act quickly to keep costs down. While smaller bone defects can be repaired with bone grafting fairly predictably, larger bone losses can be quite challenging, if even possible.

Reach Out Today

Considered an authority in wisdom tooth extraction, Dr. Grellner can provide both accurate treatment and sound advice on affording the procedure. If you or your child needs wisdom teeth removed, contact our practice today to set up an appointment and discuss your financing options.