When teeth and bone are lost due to oral disease or trauma, your smile can be restored to the highest esthetic standards only by bone regeneration. Advances in science and technology allow us to re-grow missing bone, along with periodontal structures that attach teeth to the bone. A key to dental implant success is the amount and quality of the bone where the dental implant is to be placed.
We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, and it also gives us a chance to more effectively restore aesthetic appearance and functionality.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with a material called a bone graft. This material not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body regrow lost bone. This new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft. Over time the newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material. GBR (Guided Bone Regeneration) is a procedure in which a membrane further encourages new bone to grow and also prevents the growth of scar tissue into the grafted site.
How is the treatment performed?
During treatment, the area will be numbed and you will feel no discomfort. Then various materials including tissue-stimulating proteins (to help your body naturally replace its lost bone and tissue) will be placed. Depending upon your individual needs, the new bone will be allowed to develop for about 4-6 months before dental implants are placed. In some cases, dental implants can be placed at the same time as the tissue replacement procedure. Regeneration of the bone and tissue, along with a customized home care program and proper professional cleanings, has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implant placement. Even if you think you are not an implant candidate, this procedure can help build back lost tissue, and make implant placement an option for you. Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.