Bone Grafts Northridge
Missing one or more teeth can have a serious effect on your smile and dental health. Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement. They look and feel just like regular teeth, and once in place, can last as long as natural teeth, too. Most people who have lost teeth are candidates for implants, but for some, our Northridge dental office may recommend additional procedures called bone grafts. A bone graft is designed to ensure the best outcome for those with implants.
Dental implants consist of two primary pieces. The implant itself is a titanium screw or rod that is inserted into the bone of the jaw and takes the place of the root. A porcelain crown is then attached to the implant with an abutment. This creates a stable, functional tooth. If a person’s jawbone is too thin or poor in quality to properly support an implant, bone grafts can be used to augment the bone tissue.
Several types of bone grafts are available, including:
• Sinus augmentation
• Ridge modification
• Socket preservation
You may need a bone graft if you have suffered from periodontal disease, dental trauma, a tooth extracted, or a serious dental infection. Grafts can be needed for other reasons, as well. In some cases, the sinus floor or other areas of the jawbone can be naturally thin or narrow, and need augmentation to improve their size or quality.
During the bone grafting procedure, the grafting material is added to the implant site and allowed to heal for several months. During this time, your body will incorporate the graft material and create new, strong bone in response. The grafting material can come from your own body, donor tissue, or synthetic material, depending on your needs. Once your jawbone has been properly augmented and the graft is complete, we can continue with your dental implant procedure.
Call our Northridge office today to learn more about bone grafts or to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.
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