Bone grafting procedures help repair and restore bone that has deteriorated as a result of tooth loss, genetic defects, disease, or facial trauma. Restoring the jaw bone can improve the appearance and function of the jaw, and bone grafting is often recommended to prepare the mouth for dental implant placement.
Dr. Collins is highly trained to understand the delicate balance of oral and facial bone structures, and he is an expert in a variety of different jaw bone and sinus bone grafting procedures. We use some of the most advanced bone grafting techniques available to expedite the healing process, and our surgical team will ensure that you are well cared for throughout the treatment process at our office in Conway, Arkansas.
Bone Grafting and the Placement of Dental Implants
Bone grafting is an excellent procedure for patients who wish to receive dental implants but lack the proper height and width of jaw bone to do so. Many people who were not candidates for dental implant placement in the past can now receive secure, permanent dental implants thanks to bone grafting.
There are a few different procedures available to restore jaw bone for dental implant placement. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Collins may recommend one of the following procedures to prepare your mouth for dental implant placement:
- Socket Preservation: If you need a tooth extracted, sometimes restoring the extraction site with bone is necessary before the placement of dental implants occurs. Placing implants as soon as possible minimizes bone loss and socket preservation will promote quicker bone growth, allowing for faster implant placement.
- Ridge Expansion: Parts of the jaw where teeth have been missing will deteriorate over time, and the jaw bone may not have the height or width of bone necessary for implant placement. A ridge expansion uses bone graft material to build up the region to the proper size for implant placement.
- Sinus Lift: Over time, the sinuses can drift downward, and the walls of the sinuses can become too thin for dental implant placement. Dr. Collins can carefully lift the sinus membrane and place a bone graft to restore the lost bone.
How Bone Grafting Works
For most bone grafting procedures, Dr. Collins will carefully fold back the gum tissue and place the bone material into the region that requires regeneration. Your oral surgeon may source the bone from a tissue bank, collect bone fragments in a filter while suctioning during the procedure, or harvest your own bone from the jaw or hip region. After placing the bone graft, Dr. Collins may place a soft tissue graft or platelet-rich plasma to facilitate growth and bone healing. For more complex procedures, existing bone or structures may need to be moved before placing the graft material into the correct region.
We offer bone grafting procedures and consultations in our Conway, AR, office. If you are ready to start moving towards your new smile, we encourage you to contact our office for a consultation. At Collins Oral & Facial Surgery, our staff will do everything we can to make sure you feel comfortable and prepared for your procedure. In fact, most patients report that bone graft procedures are less uncomfortable than they expected. Dr. Collins will examine your condition and discuss the bone grafting and dental implant options that will work best for your restoration.