Bone loss in the oral and maxillofacial area can happen for many reasons, such as tooth loss and facial injuries. A bone grafting procedure replaces or restores lost bone. Some patients who may need a bone graft to be able to receive the dental implants they desire. Because the bone structures play a large role in the shape of the face, patients who undergo a bone grafting procedure find improvement and balance in their facial aesthetics.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
The location and severity of bone loss, along with your treatment plan and goals, will determine the type of bone grafting procedure needed. At Oral Surgery Services, we create a custom-made treatment plan for every one of our patients — we will recommend the bone grafting procedure that best aligns with your goals for treatment and outcome.
We perform the following bone grafting procedures:
- A sinus lift adds bone to the area between the upper jaw and the sinus cavity. This is a common bone grafting procedure for patients who need one or more dental implants in the upper arch.
- Sometimes, a bone graft is performed immediately following an extraction in order to preserve the bone and prevent any loss. This type of procedure is known as socket preservation.
- A ridge expansion adds bone to the alveolar ridge so that it can receive dental implants.
- Severe loss of bone due to injury or trauma, gum disease, tumor, or birth defect may require major bone grafting to replace or restore the missing bone.
- Nerve repositioning is a high-risk procedure that requires repositioning the alveolar nerve so that it avoids potential damage from a dental implant. The alveolar nerve is responsible for sensation in the chin and lower lip.
Bone Grafting at Oral Surgery Services
Bone grafting is a common and beneficial procedure for many patients. Your treatment plan and personal goals will determine your specific bone graft. Drs. Ferguson and Smith are highly qualified to perform several types of bone grafting procedures. They will discuss their recommendations with you to ensure you have the best possible experience and outcome. Whether you are experiencing bone loss, have missing teeth, need an extraction, or are curious about dental implants, Oral Surgery Services can help. We encourage you to contact our office for more information and to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.