Bone Grafts Can Improve Patients' Candidacy for Dental Implants

Many patients who are interested in dental implants lack sufficient jawbone tissue to support them. To counteract this effect and improve your candidacy for the procedure, Dr. Chirag Patel can place a bone graft at his Frisco, TX, dental practice. In some cases, the doctor may even be able to place a bone graft and dental implant at the same time in order to minimize your treatment timeline.  

What is a Bone Graft?

Bone grafts are small samples of healthy bone tissue which are surgically placed in the jaw to promote new tissue growth. In the field of restorative dentistry, these types of procedures are most often recommended to strengthen the jaw in preparation for dental implant placement. 

Grafts are typically prepared from two sources: allografts, which are drawn from human donors, and autografts, which are created from the patient’s own tissue. The allografts at our practice are completely irradiated in order to minimize the risk of infection, improve integration with the jaw, and provide greater stability for your implants. Which type of graft Dr. Patel recommends will depend on the specifics of your case, such as your health history and current bone health. 

By building up weakened areas in the jaw, bone grafts can provide a solid foundation for one or more dental implants. 

Ridge augmentation is the most common type of grafting procedure, which is used to build up weakened areas. In certain cases, a sinus lift or socket preservation may be more suitable than a traditional bone graft. Dr. Patel recommends these types of bone grafts for implants in the upper jaw and to prevent jaw deterioration after a tooth extraction, respectively.

Do I Qualify for Bone Grafts?

Bone grafting is usually recommended for patients who are missing teeth but lack the jawbone tissue necessary to support dental implants. Unfortunately, when we lose teeth, the body redirects essential nutrients away from the jaw. As a result, our jawbones deteriorate, undermining an implant’s ability to effectively osseointegrate or fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. Healthy patients are generally good candidates for bone grafting, which helps to prevent the further deterioration of existing bone and provides a framework for new tissue growth.

What Should I Expect During My Appointment?

Because bone grafting is considered a minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Patel can typically perform the surgery at his office with local anesthetic and either nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. The specifics of the procedure will depend on the type of graft the doctor recommends. In order to place an autograft, the doctor must first remove a small portion of bone from elsewhere in the body, such as the chin or another portion of the jaw. For an allograft, Dr. Patel can proceed directly with placing the grafting material. 

Bone grafting can significantly boost your chances for successful treatment with dental implants. 

After making a small incision in the gums, the doctor can place the graft directly on top of the bone. Small screws may be used to secure the tissue in place. The gum tissue will then be sutured closed to facilitate healing, or in some cases, Dr. Patel may also immediately place an implant post in the treatment area. Bone grafts typically require two to three months of healing time before they can support a permanent restoration. This will ensure the graft has completely fused with the surrounding area and can provide a secure foundation for years to come.

Membrane Grafts

Membrane grafts are most often recommended to support the effects of a bone graft. Essentially, the thin sheets of membrane act as barrier. Therefore, preventing gum tissue from growing into the bone cavity.  As a result, the new bone growth is protected.

There are many types of membranes. Generally, they break down int two categories:

  • Dissolvable membranes, such as collagen, which is naturally absorbed by the surrounding tissue.
  • Non-Dissolvable Membranes, such as titanium, which is sturdier but must be surgically removed.

By grafting collagen membrane tissue over the site of an extracted tooth or bone graft, the new bone tissue can develop. Dr. Patel usually performs this procedure in preparation for dental implants. Most notably, the graft will foster development of a sturdy base for the implant posts. Often, Dr. Patel can perform this procedure after a tooth extraction. We want to help you have a faster recovery time and fewer office visits.

Ridge Augmentation

Dr. Patel typically recommends bone grafts as a way to boost a patient’s candidacy for implants. During ridge augmentation, the doctor will make a small incision in the gums so that he can place the graft directly on top of the exposed bone. This graft may come from a donor or from another part of the patient’s own body, such as the chin.

Preparatory procedures can significantly boost your chances for a successful treatment outcome. 

Similar to tooth extraction, bone grafting can typically take place either before or at the same time as implant placement. If the graft is placed in advance, Dr. Patel may also recommend a membrane graft to encourage the most bone growth possible. In most cases, he will wait several weeks to several months so that the graft has a chance to fully fuse with the surrounding bone. Once healing is complete, he can then schedule the implant placement.

Learn More During a Consultation

Bone grafting can significantly boost your chances for successful treatment with dental implants. Contact our office online or by calling 214-705-6600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel and learn more about your options.