Bone & Soft-Tissue Grafting
Patients in need of dental implants often face a unique challenge before they can receive the implants. When bone from the jaw, near the implant site has deteriorated, patients will need to have a bone grafting procedure performed. A tooth or teeth that have been missing for an extended period of time will likely experience bone loss in the area that needs to be corrected before dental implants can be placed. It would not be uncommon for a first-time patient for dentures to need their jaw bone restored using either a bone graft or soft-tissue graft. This procedure will help to prevent any future bone loss underneath the dentures.
Bone grafts are unique in their makeup and required to ensure patients have enough jaw bone to support a dental implant and to prevent sagging or changing of the facial structure. Bone grafts are taken from different sites to include the jaw, inside of the mouth, and chin. In some extreme cases, bone can be extracted from the knee or hip. If the above areas are not available, synthetic bone can be used.
At Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, we use a variety of different bone and soft-tissue grafting procedures to provide patients with the correct procedure to meet their treatment needs. Below, Dr. Brandon Kang will explain three of the most popular treatments.
A sinus lift is performed on the upper portion of the jaw and is needed when teeth are lost in the upper region of the mouth. It can be extremely difficult to replace these teeth, even with dental implants due to their being minimal bone present in even a healthy patient’s mouth. The surgical team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center can perform a sinus lift on patients who require the procedure. This procedure is done when Dr. Kang enters into the sinus cavity and then lifts the membrane up and places a bone graft in the void areas. The bone will take several months to integrate and once fully integrated, implants can be placed.
This is a more complex and complicated form if a traditional bone graft and is necessary for patients who experience issues with the alveolar ridge bone. This bone may begin to break down and quickly deteriorate and lose its density. Ridge expansions are performed in our Oakland and San Francisco offices to heighten and widen the jaw to help increase bone density.
Soft Tissue Grafts
Abnormalities that exist, such as gum disease, may require that the patient receive a soft tissue graft. Procedures like this can be used to cover up any exposed roots or correct gum lines that are uneven. Soft tissue grafts take smaller pieces of your soft tissue and surgically implant them to other areas. This will help to reduce sensitivity and stop bone loss.
If you need to have a tooth removed or you plan to have dental implants placed, bone grafting or soft-tissue grafts may be required before the procedure is completed. At Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, we are here to help you and provide you with the dental care you need. Dr. Brandon Kang caters to patients in both San Francisco, CA and Oakland, CA.
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Bay Area Oral Surgeon, Dr. Brandon Kang, manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation,
contact us at 510-227-8099
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