Bone Grafting for Implants in Coon Rapids & Minneapolis, MN
In certain instances, a patient may not have enough bone to support a dental implant, and Dr. El Deeb will have to perform a bone grafting procedure. When a tooth is missing, the body cannot sense any stimuli from the missing tooth and the jaw bone around the gap starts to deteriorate. If enough bone has deteriorated, it will not be able to support an implant.
During the initial examination and x-ray, the determination will be made whether there is enough bone to support a dental implant or not. If the tooth was extracted over a long enough time, there is a likely chance that a bone graft will be required. The process of jaw bone deterioration takes a long time, so this procedure is more likely in elderly patients than young patients.
Another reason for a bone graft before a dental implant procedure is if the sinus cavities above the upper jaw protrude into the portion of the jaw where teeth reside. This can be treated with a type of bone grafting procedure called a sinus lift, where the sinus membrane is pushed upward away from the upper jaw bone and then filled with a bone graft for the bone to heal over.