You may have heard of dental implants and how they look and feel like real teeth, but if you’ve had bone loss, you might worry that you aren’t a good candidate for implants. A bone graft is an option to reinforce the jaw, so it is strong enough to receive the implant. Aminda Modrell, DDS, draws on extensive training and experience to perform bone grafts in her state-of-the-art office located in Alamo, California. To find out if you are a candidate for a dental bone graft, call the office, or schedule a consultation online.
In a bone graft, a piece of bone is taken from one part of your body and “grafted” to another area of bone. In a dental bone graft, a small portion of jaw bone is removed from a healthy part of your jaw and added to the area that will receive the implant tooth. The two pieces of bone will fuse over time, forming a single, stronger bone, which can support a dental implant.
Many variables are considered when determining if you are a good candidate for a dental bone graft, including health history, a full dental exam, current X-rays and other diagnostics.
Some factors that might rule you out for a bone graft include:
If bone grafting is ruled out, Dr. Modrell offers several options that are effective and comfortable for missing teeth. The friendly team will be happy to discuss all your options and answer your questions.
When Dr. Modrell performs a jaw bone graft, she’ll give you a local anesthetic and laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to make you relaxed and comfortable during your procedure. She then makes an incision in the gum at the back of your jaw, through which she extracts a small fragment of bone.
Next, Dr. Modrell makes an incision in the gum where your tooth is missing. She then carefully places the bone fragment over the bone that needs to be strengthened. Dissolving stitches are used to close both incisions; you may have some minor swelling and discomfort after your procedure, but these should subside within a day.
It takes a few months for the graft to fuse with your jaw bone. When this is complete, Dr. Modrell installs a titanium screw, which itself will merge with the bone. The screw will support the artificial tooth, which is connected as the last step in the implant process.
To learn more about bone grafts and dental implants, contact the office, or schedule a consultation online.