Bone Grafting for Implants: Doylestown, Meadowbrook, Langhorne, and Philadelphia
Do I have enough bone for dental implants?
After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they will usually fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, when the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), this type of healing will not be as predictable. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.
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Illustration: Dental Bone Grafts for Front Teeth
1. Inadequate Bone
2. Graft Material Placed
3. Implants Placed
There may be inadequate bone for implant placement if your tooth was removed many years ago and your bony ridge is extremely thin. In this case, a bone graft can be placed next to the thin bone and allowed to heal for up to six months. After the graft has fused to your pre-existing bone, the ridge will be re-entered and the implant placed. Bone grafting is usually a relatively comfortable office procedure. Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.
Illustration: Dental Bone Grafts for Back Teeth
1. Inadequate Bone
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed
You may also need bone grafting if the sinus cavities in your upper jaw are very large, or very low, and extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been removed many years before, and the amount of bone available for implant placement is limited. A “sinus grafting procedure” is then required. Most often, it is performed in the office with local anesthesia and perhaps sedation. During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. This procedure often can be performed at the time of implant placement.
Patient Reviews: Dental Implants
We invite you to read reviews from our satisfied patients! To leave your feedback, please use our online Patient Review form. For assistance, please call us at Doylestown Office Phone Number (215) 938-7860.
Pennsylvania Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Associates
Patient Review By Frederick G
On my initial consult in August, Dr. Sock reviewed the condition of the root of my tooth (#22) which was decaying below the gum line, and confirmed my dentist's conclusion that a root canal was not an option. The tooth required extraction. Dr. Sock then explained the entire process: after extraction, the tooth cavity is filled with ground up bone, and allowed to integrate into the jaw bone for several months. Then he carefully inserts a titanium implant, which, after healing several months, is then capped with a crown by my dentist. Prior to installing the implant, a 3-D conical beam x-ray is taken by Dr. Sock in order to accurately position the implant in the location where the tooth was extracted and bone graft was completed. What I really liked about this process is that Dr. Sock took his time to explain in detail the entire process, and go over the specific procedure he was going to perform each visit. What really amazed me was how "painless" he made the extraction and bone graft, and then the implant. I even told him that both the extraction and implant procedures were less painful than a tooth cleaning or getting a tooth filled at my dentist! I will recommend him (and this practice) to all my family and friends whenever they require an extraction, implant, or any other type of dental surgery. He and his staff are very caring and go out of their way to make the whole process as smooth and painless as possible!! Excellent work!!
- Frederick G
Patient Review By PBHS T
I was able to get scheduled very soon after I first called in. And once I arrived at the office, the entire process from start to finish was prompt, professional, and expertly done. I am happy to recommend this practice to anyone.
- PBHS T