Pacific Palisades, CA
Dental Implants - High-Tech TeethLosing your teeth has several effects on your mouth. One of the most obvious consequences of missing teeth is the impact the event has on your smile, and your confidence. Missing teeth affect some of the most basic functions of your mouth, including eating and speaking, making both exceptionally challenging.
Along with these issues, tooth loss also has a hidden consequence. When you lose your teeth, your jawbone begins to weaken. When this happens, your jaw begins to change shape. This can then lead to other oral health issues such as misalignment, an off bite, grinding, and serious jaw pain.
As your jawbone changes shape, your facial shape changes, making you appear years older than you are. Replacing missing teeth is important for restoring your smile and the functions of your mouth. Dental implants have become one of the most popular options for replacing missing teeth. The fusion of your jawbone to the implants (osseointegration) is essential for the success of this treatment. When your jaw is too weak, it cannot provide the necessary support. At Palisades Surgical Arts, we can restore missing bone mass with bone grafting.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a procedure designed to restore missing bone mass. It involves surgery, during which bone mass is taken from elsewhere in your body (or from a donor or other source) and implanted into the weakened areas of your jaw. The bone harvested from your own body is usually taken from your hip or tibia (in some cases, it may be taken from the chin). During the healing process, your natural bone fuses with, or around, the donor material, restoring strength to your jawbone.
The Different Types of Bone Graft
There are several types of bone graft:
||Autogenous: An autogenous bone graft is one that uses your bone material. This type of graft has several advantages. The most notable benefit is that there is no risk of rejection. The bone material is also living, which means that it can help to promote new bone growth. The major disadvantage of this type of bone graft, however, is that two surgical sites are required.
||Allogenic: An allogenic bone graft is one that uses donor bone (usually from a cadaver). While the bone is not living (it only fills a space), an allogeneic graft means there is only one surgical site. There is, however, a risk of rejection.
||Xenogenic: A xenogenic bone graft is one that uses bone from another species. The bone is processed at very high temperatures, which helps to reduce the risk of infection and rejection. Again, the bone is not living, and only fills a space.
||Synthetic materials: There are several synthetic materials that can be used, such as demineralized bone matrix and bone morphogenic proteins.
Bone Grafting Procedure
Before you can receive a bone graft, it is necessary to undergo a consultation. During your consultation, we assess the condition of your mouth with a thorough oral exam and dental x-rays. X-rays also help us to design a customized treatment plan.
Before beginning your surgical procedure, we administer a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be used to help you relax. Incisions are made in your gums, exposing your jawbone. If we are performing an autogenous bone graft, incisions are also made at the donor site. Bone material is removed from the donor site and packed into the recipient site. Surgical sites are then sutured closed, and you are sent home to heal. Once you have fully healed from your bone graft, the dental implant procedure can begin.
If you are interested in dental implants but are lacking the necessary bone mass, a bone graft can help make this tooth replacement treatment possible. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, contact Palisades Surgical Arts at (310) 459-0014today.