Dental implant patients need a strong, healthy jawbone since this bone anchors the implants in place. Insufficient jawbone prevents us from placing implants of the proper length and width.
Unfortunately, if you lose teeth, your jawbone may begin to atrophy. This often means there won't be sufficient quality or quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants. In these situations, we can transplant bone where needed.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites that have inadequate bone structure due to:
The bone can be obtained from a tissue bank or your own body. The most common harvesting sites are:
Sinus bone grafts are performed to replace bone in the upper jaw.
In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of:
Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone can be harvested from several different sites, depending on the size of the defect or deterioration. The skull, hip, and knee are all common donor sites.
If so, we’re here for you. As one of the most state-of-the-art dental offices in Palm Beach County, we pride ourselves on offering expert treatments that maximize patient outcomes.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to help you achieve a brighter, happier smile.