Bone grafting is one of the most fundamental surgical procedures to create bone augmentation. Implants dentists use this procedure to support the dental implants and replace the missing bone, encouraging the growth of new bone during the process of osseointegration. When implants are placed, osseointegration occurs where the living bone in the jaw fuses with load-bearing titanium posts that support dental implants. However, patients whose jawbones are not strong enough to support titanium posts are recommended for bone grafting to support dental implants.
Following are the three types of bone grafting procedures:
Ridge augmentation/ Autogenous/ Block bone (major) graft
Ridge augmentation surgery is typically performed after tooth extraction to aid in the reconstruction of your natural gum and jawline. It is recommended for patients that have lost several teeth who may have significant jawline deterioration. When a tooth is missing or removed, it can cause the alveolus to break or become incompetent to heal itself. Therefore, ridge augmentation helps shape and contour your gum and jawline during dental implants to treat any bone damage with tooth extraction or other dental conditions. Synthetic bone material, tissue banks, or a patient’s bone are commonly used alternatives to fill up the space during the bone graft.
Nerve repositioning involves the process of removing the nerve to facilitate oral surgery. It specifically targets the inferior alveolar nerve which is responsible for the sensation in the lower lip and the chin. This procedure is vital for oral surgery that happens at the back of the lower jaw. The location of the minor alveolar nerve is an ideal spot for a dental implant or bone graft. Therefore, to eliminate the risk of any nerve damage during the process, your dentist may recommend repositioning the nerve bundle preceding the oral surgery.
Sinus lift procedure
A maxillary sinus floor augmentation is also known as a sinus lift or sinus graft. It is a surgical procedure undertaken to increase the amount of bone in the areas of the upper jawbone, premolar, and molar teeth. This involves lifting the lower sinus membrane and placing a bone graft. Sinus graft is essential when there is a significant loss in the surrounding bone’s height and width. The ultimate aim of the sinus lift procedure is to graft an extra bone into the maxillary sinus to enable and support the dental implant.
About Premier Oral Surgery
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