When left untreated, missing teeth cause the tissue in your jaw to recede, affecting the stability of other teeth and compromising your candidacy for dental implants. Fortunately, many patients can restore their candidacy for implants with a dental bone graft. At Czaplicki Family Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, we can coordinate with a skilled oral surgeon to rebuild your jawbone using healthy bone tissue. Once you have healed from your bone graft, Dr. Don Czaplicki and Dr. Cathleen Czaplicki can place and restore your implants for a stronger, healthier smile.
There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend a dental bone graft. A grafting procedure can:
At Czaplicki Family Dentistry, we have a range of state-of-the-art technology that allows us to assess your jaw and determine if a bone graft is necessary. During your initial implant appointment, we can take digital x-rays and scans of your jaw. Based on this information, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for the grafting procedure.
There is a variety of dental bone grafts available that provide different benefits. The right type of graft for you will depend on the extent and location of the tissue loss, as well as a few other factors.
This type of procedure is typically used after a tooth extraction to maintain the proper spacing of your teeth until the placement of a restoration. Also known as a ridge preservation, this type of graft requires a three- to six-month healing period.
Also known as an autogenous ramus/chin graft, this procedure can restore large quantities of missing bone. Typically, the surgeon will harvest a small block of bone from the chin and then graft it into the area of tissue deficiency. Most patients need at least four months to heal after this type of graft.
We have a range of state-of-the-art technology that allows us to assess your jaw and determine if a bone graft is necessary.
We generally recommend this type of graft when the sinus cavity could be disturbed by implant placement. Also known as a subantral graft, this procedure involves lifting the floor of the sinus cavity and filling the resulting space with grafting material. Due to the delicate nature of this graft, patients usually require a longer healing time lasting about six to nine months.
Tissue loss in your jaw can threaten the health and stability of your entire smile. Whether you need to create a strong base for dental implants or need to restore lost tissue to make a denture fit more comfortably, a bone graft may be right for you. Learn more by contacting our office online or calling (414) 427-9090 today.