Treating Bone Loss

There are a number of conditions that can lead to loss of bone in the jaws. Accidents and injuries, for example, or periodontal disease that has been insufficiently treated. Poor fitting dentures or other prosthetics can also contribute to bone loss.

This bone loss creates a problem when preparing for dental implants. Without sufficient jawbone, the dental implant is difficult to secure and the healing process after implant surgery may be incomplete. When the implant is placed in a region suffering from bone loss, and if there is insufficient bone to heal with the dental implant, the success rate is significantly lower and the life of the dental implant is much shorter.

To improve chances of success with dental implant surgery, our surgeons build up the bone in the jaw where the implant is placed. This is something we perform on a regular basis with great success.

In the past, a bone graft would be performed, usually taking a piece of bone from the patient’s knee or other location and transplanting it to the region of the jaw where it was needed. If necessary, a synthetic bone graft would be used, or more likely a bone graft from cadaver bone or cow bone or other source.

Now, we use an innovative 21st Century approach, which allows us to treat the patient with minimally invasive procedures and more naturally successful results. Using a small piece of bone from the patient’s own jaw, we mix this bone with bone-growing natural materials and use the mix to build up the jaw bone where the implant goes.

The results are safer, healthier, more natural, and typically heal much faster, making it a smoother dental implant process overall.

Examples of treatments:

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