What is Bone Augmentation?
When a tooth is knocked out or lost due to dental disease, the natural bone can begin to deteriorate almost immediately. Because the bone that supported the tooth is no longer needed, the body reabsorbs it. This can lead to more significant bone loss and even further tooth loss. Bone augmentation may be necessary to stabilize the area and improve your candidacy for dental implants.
Bone augmentation is a procedure or series of procedures that can help rebuild lost bone tissue, create a foundation for implant-supported restorations and restore your smile. Several techniques can be used in a bone augmentation. Bone grafts are one of the more common options. This procedure involves using donor or synthetic tissues to stimulate new bone growth. Grafts can usually be performed under local anesthetic right in our office. Antibiotics and pain medication may be provided to help you heal. A sinus lift may be another alternative. A sinus lift may be needed if you lost upper molars. This procedure restores bone tissue below the sinus to ensure adequate bone density for the dental implants procedure to proceed.
After a bone augmentation, the site will be allowed to heal so that new bone can grow. This process can take just a few months or up to a year. Once you have adequate bone density, the dental implants can be placed. Most people who are missing one or more teeth are candidates for dental implants, which help preserve bone density and reduce the risk of further damage. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Northridge.