Over a period of time, the jawbone around a missing tooth or teeth atrophies, which means that it is reabsorbed. If this occurs, there is often not enough bone structure or the quality is too low for dental implant placement. With modern advancements, oral surgeons like Dr. Michael Shnayder have the ability to encourage the growth of bone where needed. To allow implants to be placed and to restore the functionality and appearance of the patient’s smile, our oral surgeon provides bone grafting in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bone grafting is used when there is inadequate bone structure because of previous tooth extraction, gum disease, or injuries. Bone from a tissue bank or your own bone is used for the bone graft. If your own bone is used, it is taken from your jaw, hip, or tibia. If there is not enough bone in the upper jaw, a sinus graft is performed. Guided bone regeneration, which is also called guided tissue regeneration, uses special membranes that protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration.
Our oral surgeon will separate the gums to gain access to the bone. The grafting material is placed and then the gums are but back over the area and stitched into place. Your body will fill the area with new bone over the next six to nine months.
For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Village Pointe Oral Surgery today.