Bone Grafting

Bone loss can occur for several reasons, such as tooth loss or facial trauma. If a patient is missing enough bone, they may need a bone grafting procedure to replace or restore it. A bone graft can not only improve the overall facial structure of a patient, but it may be required for some patients before they can be an ideal candidate for a dental implant.

Types of Bone Grafting Procedures

The type of bone grafting procedure varies from patient to patient, depending on the patient’s treatment goals and the amount of bone loss that has occurred. Dr. Shirley will help you decide the best type of bone grafting procedure that will provide the best possible outcome.

The most common types of bone grafting procedures performed at Piney Woods Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are:

  • Sinus lifts - a type of bone graft performed between the upper jaw and the sinus cavity located behind the cheekbone. Since the bone that separates the sinus from the teeth tends to be very thin, a sinus lift creates a more supportive foundation for a dental implant.

  • Socket preservation - typically performed immediately after a tooth extraction to prevent rapid bone loss from taking place.

  • Ridge expansion - expands the height and/or width of the alveolar ridge. The alveolar bone ridge is responsible for holding the upper and lower rows of teeth in place.

  • Major bone grafting procedures - used when a significant amount of bone in the jaw needs to be replaced or restored. Most patients who require significant bone grafting have experienced facial trauma injury, periodontal disease, a facial tumor, or a birth defect.

  • Nerve repositioning – might be needed if a dental implant procedure could potentially damage the alveolar nerve, which gives sensation to the chin and lower lip. This is a high-risk procedure and is usually considered a last resort.

Dr. Shirley is an expert in all types of bone grafting procedures and is skilled in determining the best bone grafting option that is right for you. If you are missing teeth, experiencing bone loss, are curious about dental implant placement, or need an extraction, please contact our office. We look forward to meeting you at your consultation appointment and providing you with the highest quality of care.