Bone Grafting for Implants Raleigh NC

Do I have enough bone for dental implants?

After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they will usually fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, when the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), this type of healing will not be as predictable. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.

For more information about Bone Grafting for Implants or to schedule a consult with Dr. Won, please use our Appointment Request form or call our NC offices at Raleigh (Brier Creek Medical Building Phone Number 919-293-0299) or Elizabeth City (Elizabeth City Office Phone Number 252-562-6151).

Illustrated Ridge Augmentation Bone Graft

Illustrated example of a jaw with inadequate front bone structure to support an implant
1. Inadequate Bone
Upper side jaw illustration: Bone graft material placed to increase the bone structure
2. Graft Material Placed
Upper side jaw illustration: Two front dental implants placed after bone grafting
3. Implants Placed

There may be inadequate bone for implant placement if your tooth was removed many years ago and your bony ridge is extremely thin. In this case, a bone graft can be placed next to the thin bone and allowed to heal for up to six months. After the graft has fused to your pre-existing bone, the ridge will be re-entered and the implant placed. Bone grafting is usually a relatively comfortable office procedure. Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.

Illustrated Sinus Bone Graft Surgery

Upper side jaw illustration: A jaw lacking enough bone in the back of the mouth for a dental implant
1. Inadequate Bone
Upper side jaw illustration: A dental implant after adding jaw structure with bone grafting
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed

You may also need bone grafting if the sinus cavities in your upper jaw are very large, or very low, and extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw have been removed many years before, and the amount of bone available for implant placement is limited. A “sinus grafting procedure” is then required. Most often, it is performed in the office with local anesthesia and perhaps sedation. During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. This procedure often can be performed at the time of implant placement.



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