Bone Grafting for Dental Implants in Michigan
When a tooth is missing, the underlying jawbone does not receive the stimulation it needs from tooth roots to remain healthy.
This process leads to bone deterioration, causing the natural contours of your jaw and chin to deteriorate and sink in.
When this happens, there is not enough jawbone to secure an implant post so your dentist may require a bone graft before an implant can be set. Bone grafting is a technique our expert team of My Family Dental doctors uses to replace lost bone, using a composite material. It will counteract the effects of gum disease and tooth loss.
Restore the Foundation of Your Smile
Bone grafting helps preserve your smile and natural contour of your jaw by adding grafting material around gum disease-affected teeth or to places where tooth loss has occurred. Placing grafted material in areas of missing teeth strengthens and prepares the sites for dental implants. Individual implants and implant supported dentures need sufficient bone to be successful. Rebuilding your bone in areas of deterioration provides a firm foundation to which your implants can fuse.
In either case, the dental specialists at My Family Dental can perform a bone graft in any of their metro Detroit, MI, offices.
A Sinus Lift is a Type of Bone Graft for Upper Teeth
Our upper jaws have specific qualities that make is uniquely challenging when it comes to dental implants. The biggest difference between upper and lower bone grafting is the presence of our maxillary sinus. This sinus is most noticeable when a cold or infection causes the swelling of our sinuses. This, in turn, puts pressure on the roots of the teeth in our upper jaw. (You know how your teeth ache when you have a stuffy nose? Maxillary Sinus!) So, when you lose an upper tooth, especially to gum disease, there may be very little bone to work with. A “sinus lift” can resolve that. A sinus lift is a procedure where a small opening is made in the sinus above the roots of the affected tooth. The membrane will not be compromised, rather it is “lifted” to form a small balloon-like space where your dentist will place the composite that will secure the implant.
There are several reasons for a sinus lift:
People who have lost teeth in their upper jaw — particularly the back teeth, or molars — typically don't have enough bone for implants to be placed. And, because of the anatomy of the skull, the back of the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a leading cause of bone loss.
Tooth loss may have led to a loss of bone as well. Once teeth are gone, bone starts to become absorbed back into the body. If teeth have been missing for a long time, there is often not enough bone left to place a dental implant.
The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw to place a dental implant. Each person's sinus varies in shape and the size and can also grow as you age.
Sinus lifts have become common during the last 15 years, as more people get dental implants to replace missing teeth.
The professionals at My Family Dental are very experienced in performing sinus lifts for their dental implant patients. They will explain the process thoroughly and answer any questions you may have about bone grafting or implants. Contact us today for a free bone graft or implant consultation.
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