Some dental restorations require steps be taken before the restoration work can begin. Strengthening, or rebuilding bone mass is one of those steps that may be necessary. Your jaw bone is the foundation for your teeth, to have strong teeth, you need to have a strong foundation. At Scholes Periodontics & Implants, under the care of Dr. Scholes , we can help you grow new bone, increasing your jaws base and ability to support teeth.
Our bones are needy; they require motion and movement to stay strong. If you have ever had a cast on an arm or leg, you may have noticed how your arm or leg is visibly smaller when the cast is removed. This is due to a process called atrophy, which is the resorption of bone, and the loss of muscle. When a patient has lost a tooth, the bone below that tooth socket rapidly responds with resorption, decreasing the amount of bone in that spot. This is what gives the narrow jaw or sunken facial shape that we commonly associate with being older.
Dr. Scholes can rebuild your bone through a simple in-office procedure called a bone graft. Though it sounds severe, in most cases, a dental bone graft is done quickly, simply, and mostly pain-free with little post discomfort.
What is a Bone Graft?
Bone grafting allows us to not only replace lost bone mass but to also promote new bone growth in that location. By rebuilding the bone, we can then place a dental implant into a strong base, letting us restore your functionality and your aesthetics.
There are four main variations of bone graft material used to restore your bone.
Autogenous Bone Grafts:This type of bone graft uses the patients own personal bone. We take a tiny amount of bone, generally from your chin, jaw, or skull. This option is the most stable option for regrowth because it is using your tissue. The downside is having a second site for surgery where the bone was removed.
Allogenic Bone Grafts:Use donated human bone. Donated bone is freeze-dried and prepared in such a way that no possible disease can be passed and to promote stability without rejection. The downside is allogeneic bone does not increase in growth.
Xenogenic Bone Grafts:This is the least used form of bone graft, it is donated bone from a non-human source, most often a cow. The results from a xenogenic bone graft are variable and unpredictable.
Synthetic Bone Grafts:Using synthetic bone is a final option. There are many varieties available that are safe and have proven results. Synthetic bone grafting material is available in various styles, including powder, putty, chips, or even as a gel that can be injected through a syringe.
Dr. Scholes prefers either autogenous or allograft because the results are predictable, and they prefer the quality of the final result.
Call us today at (602) 900-1609 to schedule your appointment. We are always happy to schedule a no obligation consultation and look forward to seeing your smile!