The Importance of Bone Grafting in Dental Implant Treatment

Jaw Bone Loss Graphic

Dental implants are considered the most ideal tooth replacement option to restore optimal aesthetics, function, and health to the smile. The only permanent solution, dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth and rely on the jawbone for long-term stability and support. If this bone has resorbed from tooth loss or other factors, our periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, will often recommend bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. Bone grafting before dental implants is important for many reasons, including:

 

Long-Term Function

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that restores missing bone in the jaw. The new bone material acts as scaffolding in areas of bone loss. During the healing phase, the new material and existing bone will fuse and create a healthy, solid foundation of new bone. Bone grafting makes dental implants possible, while also helping to guarantee the longevity of your new smile. Dental implants surgically placed into this new dense bone will remain strong and stable, providing the necessary support for new teeth that return over 99 percent of natural biting and chewing function.

Natural Aesthetics

Bone grafting in the aesthetic zone, or the area that is visible when you smile, can preserve the long-term aesthetics of the gum tissue and dental implant as well. In a procedure known as ridge augmentation, bone grafts restore the natural contours of the ridge while also building up the gum line. For patients with extensive bone loss, bone grafting helps restore the facial structure as well as provide a base for new teeth. Overall, when a dental implant is placed and restored at the site, long-term aesthetics of the smile can be preserved more predictably.

Improved Health

Bone and tooth loss are often attributed to gum disease, an infection caused by bacteria that damages the gums, bone, and teeth. Restoring bone levels through bone grafting may also be part of gum disease treatment, which improves oral health and helps reduce the risk of future problems. With strong bone and stable teeth, it’s easier to improve both oral health and overall health with the ability to eat a variety of foods. Straight, aligned teeth can also reduce discomfort associated with muscular and joint dysfunction caused by tooth and bone loss.

 

Choose a Bone Grafting Specialist

Dr. Anderson is a board-certified periodontist specializing in soft tissue and bone treatments and dental implants. She is a certified S.M.A.R.T. provider to offer minimally invasive bone grafting, with predictable and lasting results, especially in the aesthetic zone. Her training and years of experience qualify her to offer advanced bone grafting treatment, including socket preservation, sinus lift, and ridge augmentation. Additionally, she uses advanced healing techniques to accelerate the healing process and stimulate new bone growth. Using advanced technology and minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Anderson can help you restore your smile with specialized bone grafting and permanent dental implants.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Anderson welcomes patients with tooth and bone loss for a bone grafting consultation at her practice, Anderson Periodontal Wellness. Schedule your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI, (248) 480-4910

Mucogingival Defects, What Are They?

Gumline with Mucogingival Defects

Gumline after Mucogingival Defects

Mucogingival defects involve locations where gum is not attached to the tooth but rather mucosa or “cheek” tissue does. These locations are vulnerable to recession as a consequence. Much of the time there are muscle pulls in the area that make this worse, perpetuate the recession and loosen the gum. Although treatment options are tailored to each case individually, free gingival graft procedures are the ideal treatment option as they regenerate lost gum, increases the band of keratinized or “strong” tissue, and displace the aberrant muscle pulls in the area so that the recession does not reoccur.

 

If you would like to learn more about your case, please contact our office to schedule an examination with Dr. Lauren Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910. She will analyze your presentation, determine if intervention is required and what treatment options are recommended specific to your anatomy.

Understanding Your Dental Implant Cost

Dental Implant Patient Eating Happily After Dental Implant Procedure

If you are missing one or more teeth, you have many options for replacing them. You’ve heard of the benefits of dental implants but are concerned about how much more they cost than other solutions like partials or dentures. Is there a reason for the higher price tag? And are the benefits of dental implants worth the upfront fees? Understanding exactly what goes into dental implant cost is one way you can make a more informed decision on which tooth replacement solution is right for you.

 

Dental Implants Are an Investment

If you’re concerned about the upfront cost, it is best to consider dental implants as a long-term investment in your smile rather than an expense. Your alternatives to dental implants, bridges and dentures, generally only have a life expectancy of 10-15 years, at which point they will need to be repaired or replaced. Over time, this ongoing maintenance will be costlier than choosing dental implants, which are designed to last decades. They will permanently restore your long-term health, function, and smile aesthetics.

Cost Varies on Your Situation

How many teeth you are missing will affect the overall cost of your treatment. However, any number of dental implants can be placed during one surgical appointment. So the cost of one dental implant will not double or triple with additional teeth you may be missing. The cost will vary if you need additional procedures such as bone grafting or tooth extractions. You’ll also be receiving the highest quality materials, which does increase cost, but further ensures your dental implants last the rest of your life!

Surgical Experience Matters

You may find cheaply priced dental implants during your research but be wary of these “too good to be true” deals. Most likely, the implant dentist is inexperienced or uses cheap materials, which could lead to dental implant failure! Our doctor, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is a board-certified periodontist, which means she has achieved a level of specialized training and experience to be considered an expert in dental implants. As a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she remains at the forefront of new advancements in implant dentistry, including technology, techniques, and materials. Choosing Dr. Anderson for your care will mean your dental implant treatment cost will be higher than that of a local dentist. But it will also give you peace of mind knowing that your treatment will be highly personalized, with predictable and long-lasting results.

 

Want to Learn More?

Dr. Anderson can discuss the benefits of dental implants and what they can do for you in a personalized consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness. Reserve your appointment now by scheduling online or calling (248) 480-4910.