Restore Facial Bone and Prepare For Implants
The roots of your teeth hold your teeth in place and stimulate the bone beneath the gums. When teeth are missing, there is nothing beneath the gums to preserve the bone. This lack of stimulation can lead to bone loss (also called resorption) in and around the jaw. Bone grafting treatment also makes it possible for more patients to qualify for dental implants, as there must be sufficient jaw bone in order to support the replacement teeth.
Dr. Wood, Dr. Coles, Dr. Saghafi, and Dr. Holbrook offer a variety of bone grafting procedures to restore lost facial bone. Contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ, to learn more about bone grafting and to explore your oral surgery treatment options.
How Does Bone Grafting Work?
Without adequate quality or quantity of bone tissue, it is impossible to place dental implants safely and securely. Additionally, bone loss can lead to dental shifting, changes in your facial structure, and other problems. Bone grafting is meant to restore bone that has deteriorated or been removed because of tooth loss, facial injuries, tumor surgery, or other causes.
A bone graft works by your surgeon inserting the grafting material where more bone is needed. Thanks to your body’s natural healing process, new bone will heal around the graft, resulting in new, sturdy bone. Our surgeons have years of experience performing a variety of bone grafting procedures to suit many different oral health needs.
Types of Bone Grafting
All bone grafting procedures share the same basic concept: a solution of granulated bone material, growth factors, and other healing agents is applied to areas that lack the right amount or quality of bone. The bone material is sourced from another part of your own body or a tissue bank, depending on the procedure. Oral surgeons usually perform bone grafting procedures in areas around the jaws and teeth, such as the alveolar ridge, sinuses, and tooth sockets.
During your consultation, we will determine the right type of bone grafting treatment for your needs. We will take 3D scans of your mouth and face to assess your facial and jaw bone structure. Prior to any procedure, your surgeon will help you select the right type of anesthesia or sedation for your comfort.
A sinus lift is a bone grafting procedure that adds bone above the upper molars. The sinuses are above the upper molars and behind the front of your cheeks. If you need dental implants to replace upper molars, sometimes the wall dividing the sinus from the oral cavity is too thin. Adding bone above the molars by lifting the sinus ensures that your implants can be placed safely and securely.
Socket preservation grafts are used to combat bone loss around an empty tooth socket. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone surrounding the tooth can start to recede or resorb rapidly. To prevent this, oral surgeons can place a bone graft directly into the empty tooth socket to preserve facial structure and prepare for dental implant placement later on.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer a variety of anesthesia choices to ensure a comfortable oral surgery experience.
Ridge augmentation is more common when multiple teeth have been missing for an extended period. Without stimulation from the teeth, the bony ridge that holds your teeth in place can become too thin, or parts of the ridge can deteriorate. Ridge augmentation can rebuild the height and width of the ridge to make space for dental implants.
Major Bone Grafting
Major bone grafting procedures are sometimes necessary to repair injuries, facial defects, or tumor surgery sites. Bone from your own hip or another part of the body will be used for major procedures. These procedures involve more extensive techniques, such as guided bone and tissue generation. Major procedures often require an overnight stay in a hospital or care facility.
Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP)
The team at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons strives to use the most advanced tools available when planning and executing your treatment. When patients need bone grafting or bone augmentation procedures, bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) can promote bone growth and healing. Using BMP can drastically decrease healing time and improve bone growth in the area of surgery.
How Bone Morphogenetic Protein Works
Bone morphogenetic protein works because it mimics the exact structure of the molecules that support bone growth in your body. Our staff works hard to find the safest and most effective treatment methods for our patients, and BMP is an excellent way to help promote bone healing and growth after surgery. The benefits of BMP use in oral surgery include:
- Speed up the recovery process
- No risk of rejection because your body’s own healing agents are used
- Eliminate the need to harvest bone from a second surgical site
BMP is used in bone grafting procedures, jaw surgeries, and most other bone augmentation procedures. The BMP substance is mixed with water and soaked into a sponge-like collagen material. This material is placed over the area of bone that requires extra growth. Over the next few weeks and months, your natural bone will grow into the area the BMP was placed. This new bone can be used as a secure foundation for a dental implant, to secure an area where jaw surgery was performed, or to prevent bone loss after a dental extraction.
Hear From Bone Grafting Patients
These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing bone grafting at our office.
Reviews From Our Bone Grafting Patients
Steve Reviews His Bone Grafting Procedure
"I came to Arizona Oral Surgeons to get dental implants and a bone graft done. My experience here was fantastic. It was very pain-free, and the people treated me very well. They don’t treat you just as a patient, they treat you as a person, and that really made me feel comfortable. Dr. Coles is fantastic. Throughout my entire procedure, he explained everything. I would highly recommend coming out here, at least discussing it with these folks out here, and if it seems like a match, I would definitely stay here. Dr. Coles is a fantastic doctor."
Tammy Reviews Her Bone Grafting Procedure
"I had a very old root canal and crown, and when the crown was replaced, the replacement actually cracked some of my bone that was still underneath, causing a lot of pain and infection. I was referred, and within a day, Dr. Wood saw me. He did the extraction and the bone graft, and then about six months later, I was able to get the implant. Dr. Wood — he’s very patient, he’s very kind, he’s gentle, and he has one heck of a sense of humor. The team here is fantastic, friendly, helpful. They guide you through the process, they lead you, they answer your questions. If anyone in Oro Valley or Tucson needs oral surgery, I would highly recommend AZOMS."
Heather Reviews Her Bone Grafting Procedure
"I actually had a root canal that was several years old, and it had a crack in the root, so I got a major infection in my mouth, and I was going to need an extraction done because the root couldn't be saved anymore. I don't like the dentist — I have to admit. They were great. They got me in right away, which was very helpful because I was in an excruciating amount of pain. Dr. Coles — he first extracted my tooth, and then I had to have extra bone put in for the implant to be able to fit, so I did have to have a sinus lift done. And I was asleep for the whole thing, which was perfect — just the way I like to go. Dr. Coles is great. He is very friendly — he made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend coming here. I think that they're helpful. They'll help you with the expenses; they're open to working with the payment plan for you. They just made the whole process very easy."
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We’ve been caring for patients in southern Arizona for over 50 years. As board-certified experts, our surgeons bring years of training and expertise to you and your loved ones with the highest standards. Learn more about our office or contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons today to see how we can improve your oral health.