The team of experienced dentists at Mid Peninsula Dental Specialists in Los Altos, CA specialize in dental bone grafting for patients missing teeth or suffering from jawbone loss due to periodontal disease or trauma. Dental bone grafting, also known as socket preservation, uses either synthetic material, your own bone, or cadaver bones to build up the existing jawbone before you are ready to receive a dental implant. This procedure helps ensure maximum implant stability and longevity. Let’s explore how this procedure works and why it’s beneficial.
Dental Bone Grafting Procedure
When you go to the dentist for a tooth extraction, we may recommend that you undergo dental bone grafting as soon as possible after the tooth has been extracted so that the existing bone can be preserved and any additional bone loss prevented. At Mid Peninsula Dental Specialists in Los Altos CA, our experienced dentists will first use local anesthesia to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Next, we will create a small incision into your gum tissue near where the tooth was removed and then place your donor material (e.g., synthetic material or donor bone) into this area. Finally, we will close up the incision with sutures and wait for your grafted area to heal over time before placing a dental implant into this space if needed.
Benefits of Dental Bone Grafting
The main benefit of undergoing dental bone grafting is that it increases your chances of having a successful dental implant procedure by providing more stability and longevity of the implant post-surgery. Without enough healthy jawbone available, an implant could fail shortly after being placed because there is no adequate support structure for it to attach itself too securely. Additionally, some patients may not even be eligible for a dental implant if there isn’t enough healthy existing jawbone available as an anchor point for it—which is why many dentists highly recommend considering dental bone grafting prior to receiving an implant when necessary.
If you have been considering getting a dental implant but have been told that you don’t have enough healthy existing jawbone available to support it, consider talking with one of Mid Peninsula Dental Specialists’ experienced dentists about whether or not having a dental bone graft performed may be right for you. To learn more about this specialized procedure and how our team can help increase your chances of having successful implants placed today! We serve patients from Palo Alto and Mountain View. Visit our website and schedule an appointment.