Restore Candidacy for Dental Implants with Bone Grafting
If you have been told that you lack adequate bone density to undergo dental implant placement, one of our doctors can restore volume and strength to your jawbone using a straightforward procedure called bone grafting. Once you have fully recovered from bone grafting, you will be eligible for the life-changing benefits of dental implants. Our esteemed dentist, Dr. Kenneth Bagby, brings more than 30 years of professional dental experience when performing the outpatient procedure for patients in Billings, MT.
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for bone grafting have often experienced loss of jawbone density due to:
- Missing teeth
- Advanced gum disease
- Tobacco use
- Congenital defects
- Advanced age
Natural tooth roots stimulate jawbone growth. The loss of even one tooth eventually leads to jawbone atrophy, which can leave patients with sunken cheeks and a weak chin. Patients who have low jawbone density are at greater risk for implant failure or the rupturing of their sinus membrane. Consequently, without the jawbone needed to support an implant, you may not qualify to receive one.
However, bone grafting can restore candidacy for dental implants by fortifying the jawbone with donor or grafting material. As with any oral surgery, one of our doctors will need to determine if you are in good overall health and free of gum disease or other conditions that could complicate surgery.
Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a commonly performed restorative treatment. Around 1.5 million bone grafts are performed each year in the United States. Our Billings patients who undergo this safe and procedure can benefit from:
- A safe procedure that has a low risk for complications
- A high surgical success rate
- Lower risk of implant failure
- Improved oral health
- Treatment of jawbone atrophy
- A stronger, denser jawbone
How Is Bone Grafting Performed?
Dental bone grafts address bone loss in the lower jaw, upper jaw, or both. Bone grafts in the upper jaw are referred to as sinus lifts, as they involve repositioning the lower membrane of the sinus cavity to make room for bone. Before your procedure begins, one of our doctors will administer local anesthesia to ensure that you do not feel pain or discomfort during your treatment.
During surgery, the doctor will create space for grafting material, which will in turn encourage new bone growth.
Patients who experience dental phobia can benefit from our multiple sedation options. We offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure your comfort during treatment. Once you are completely comfortable, Dr. Bagby will make an incision in your gums to access the atrophied area of your jaw. Then, donor bone or grafting material will be placed near the surface of your jaw and held in place using a collagen plug. Once your procedure is complete your incisions will be sutured. After three to six months, you will be eligible to undergo dental implant placement at our Billings dental practice.
Improve Your Candidacy
The loss of even one tooth can take a toll on your ability to chew or speak with ease. Bone grafting allows our patients to gain candidacy for dental implants following tooth loss. To schedule your bone grafting consultation, please contact our office online or call (406) 252-1078.