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:
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.
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.
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