Restoring Strength and Stability
When you’re missing a tooth, or teeth, the underlying jawbone isn’t stimulated by chewing and biting anymore and the bone is reabsorbed over time. Not only can this bone loss have a negative affect on your appearance, remaining teeth and functionality, it can also mean you’re not a candidate for dental implants. Thankfully, bone grafting is a possibility. At our Knoxville oral and maxillofacial surgery practice, we offer bone grafting to restore or preserve the bone quality, quantity and contours needed to place dental implants. This ensures we can give you the healthy smile you deserve.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting allows you to grow bone where you need it. Dr. Eisenberg places bone graft material in the area of the jaw where a tooth was extracted or where bone is deficient. The material serves as a scaffold and gets replaced by new bone. As the bone regenerates, it helps restore function and aesthetics, while also providing the quality and quantity of bone to place dental implants of the correct size. In many cases, bone grafting is the first stage of the dental implant process.
Where does the grafted bone come from? While it will depend on the severity of your case, when performing bone graft procedures in Knoxville at our practice, we typically use grafting materials, such as creos™ allografts. Allografts don’t require additional surgery to take bone from another area of your body. Instead, creos allografts are made from donated bone particles that have been refined through a proprietary, multi-step sterilization process. The result is a safe, high quality, biocompatible material.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting encourages bone regeneration, which restores the stability and strength of your jawbone and allows for restorative treatments like dental implants.
The procedure can ward off or help to reverse facial collapse, while also creating the optimal conditions for a dental implant, which is the most aesthetic tooth replacement option.
Promotes Oral Health
Bone grafting helps to replace deteriorated bone and prevent future bone loss, allowing you to maintain excellent oral health.
The exact procedure will depend on the type of bone grafting technique Dr. Eisenberg uses. While it can sound intimidating, the bone grafting procedure is painless. We use a local anesthetic to numb the area, so you won’t feel a thing. Some patients also choose oral or IV sedation as well, which will keep you comfortable and relaxed. Pain after the procedure is generally mild and can be alleviated with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Two of the most common types of bone grafting procedures we perform include:
Once a tooth is removed, the bone and tissue will shrink and deteriorate quickly. This can make it impossible to place a dental implant down the road and potentially cause the collapse of the cheeks and lips.
A socket preservation prevents these issues. The procedure is performed immediately after a tooth extraction. Dr. Eisenberg places bone graft material in the empty socket to encourage bone regeneration. This stops the gum and facial tissue from shrinking and preserves the bone quality and contours needed for implant placement.
After teeth are lost, the bone’s ridge will become thinner and shorter. Without intervention, it will continue to deteriorate. During a ridge augmentation, Dr. Eisenberg places bone graft material in order to increase the ridge width and/or height. A ridge augmentation has aesthetic benefits and also ensures we’re able to place dental implants of the correct size in the right position.
Your Comfort is Our Top Priority
At our Knoxville, Tennessee oral surgery practice, we rely on cutting-edge technology and our in-depth experience to offer high quality care to patients of all ages in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. If you’re ready to maintain or restore your oral health and smile aesthetics, schedule a visit with us today!