Bone Grafting Rancho Mirage, CA
Do you have one or more missing teeth you want to replace? While dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement solutions in dentistry, they might not be an option if too much jaw bone has resorbed. Modern dentistry now provides a way for patients to achieve candidacy for dental implants through a process called bone grafting. Much like any other grafting process, bone grafting takes bone material from a different part of your body or from a donor source and uses it to rebuild the bone density and volume in the jaw. The intertwining of existing and new bone creates a strong foundation for one or more dental implants. As an experienced and trained periodontist, Dr. Ellie Love is highly qualified to perform bone grafting procedures in our Rancho Mirage, CA office. She routinely helps patients with any number of missing teeth or bone loss achieve better oral health and a functional, complete smile!
How Does Bone Loss Affect My Smile?
Even a single missing tooth can have consequences for the health of your smile. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone at the site no longer receives the stimulation the tooth provides when you bite and chew. The bone will resorb, or shrink in density and volume, until it is too weak and thin to properly support a dental implant. Adjacent teeth may begin to shift and sink into the empty space, causing a change in your occlusion (the way your teeth fit together). Any change in the way your teeth fit together can make it more difficult to eat and chew the foods your body needs to remain healthy. Bone grafting ensures that the bone at the site of the missing tooth or teeth does not continue to resorb and also creates the necessary bone volume and strength to replace these lost teeth with dental implants. Depending on the location and severity of your bone loss, we may recommend bone grafting, a sinus lift, or L-PRF (leukocyte-platelet rich fibrin) placed at the treatment site to accelerate the natural healing process and regeneration of new tissue.
Our Bone Grafting Treatments
Bone grafting replaces bone in the jaw in areas where tooth loss has caused resorption. We place bone material taken from the patient’s body or a donor source at the treatment site, then cover the area with a collagen membrane. As the area heals, the bone material will integrate with the existing bone to create a dense, strong ridge for dental implants.
A sinus lift replaces bone that has resorbed beneath the sinus cavity in the upper back part of the jaw. When resorption occurs in this area, bone material must be placed beneath the sinus cavity to make room for dental implants. This process involves creating an opening in the bone that is then used to lift up the sinus cavity so bone grafting material can be placed beneath.
If more than one tooth is lost in a row, extensive bone resorption can occur to the entire jaw ridge. A ridge expansion procedure restores the height and width of the jaw ridge, including the natural contours of the jaw bone. With this “scaffolding” in place, the bone can integrate with the bone grafting material to reestablish a strong base for dental implants.
Dental Implants: The Ideal Tooth Replacement
Bone grafting that has returned the jaw bone to the proper density and height make it possible to receive one or more dental implants. As the only permanent replacement for missing or extracted teeth, dental implants provide the ideal solution for restoring the smile’s beauty and function. Dental implants mimic the structure and beauty of natural teeth, helping to stimulate the restored jaw bone, and having the strength and durability to withstand the force of biting and chewing. With dental implants, you can once again enjoy good oral health, improved confidence, and satisfaction in an aesthetic and functional smile! Bone grafting is your first step toward this improved quality of life. Is it time to schedule your consultation?