Calgary Dentist Explains Bone Grafting
Are you considering dental implants and have questions about how the procedure is performed? Watch this video by Calgary dentist Dr. Arash Ravanbakhsh, as he explains bone grafting and when it is needed for dental implants.
Patients that require dental implants need to have enough bone for the implant to be adequately supported. If you already suffer from extensive bone loss, dental implants are still possible.
Several different techniques are used to rebuild the bone and help to restore the jawline. The main three techniques used include bone augmentation, sinus lift, and ridge expansion. With bone augmentation, the jaw is restored using bone additives, grafts, and growth factors. A sinus lift adds bone below the sinus when bone loss occurs due to missing upper back teeth. A ridge expansion widens the jaw using a bone graft.
Another technique that is performed after your tooth is extracted is called socket preservation. This procedure entails placing some bone inside the socket and putting a membrane on the top of it. Studies have shown that it actually decreases the rate of bone loss in the area when you do that.
Sometimes you need more extensive bone grafting, so that might include taking bone from other parts of your body and adding it to the area that is in need of a bone graft, and there are different techniques and different ways of doing it.
A lot of the more advanced bone grafting techniques will require a specialist called a periodontist, but some of the simpler bone grafts can be completed here. Again, it depends on the situation and our treatment goals with the patient.
If you or a loved one is interested in bone grafting or looking for a dentist in Calgary, contact Inglewood Family Dental to arrange your consultation. We look forward to putting a smile on your face!