Dental Bone Reconstruction

If you’re considering a dental implant you first need a solid foundation for it to look nice and be durable. When a tooth has been previously removed or lost due to disease, the surrounding bone may rapidly diminish to some extent, thus decreasing the volume of bone available for a dental implant. There are two primary ways to rebuild bone: Sinus Augmentation and Ridge Modification.

Sinus Augmentation: As we age, the air spaces – called sinuses – in our upper jaw expand downward. A key to implant success is the bone’s quantity and quality at the implant placement site. Bone grafting of the sinus can reverse the effects of aging by rebuilding any missing bone. This allows for dental implant placement to replace missing upper back teeth.

Ridge Modification: Deformities of the jaws occur due to infection, trauma, and tooth loss. These can result in inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct this problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bone. The area is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build back the volume of bone.

illustration of a dental bone reconstruction

Common Reasons for Dental Bone Reconstruction Procedures

Dental bone reconstruction supporting a dental implant
One of the primary reasons for undergoing dental bone reconstruction is to provide needed support for a dental implant. Bone loss can happen when you have missing teeth for an extended period of time which can cause you to gradually lose bone density in the gaps created by the missing teeth. Patients might also lose bone density as a result of periodontal disease. While periodontal disease can be treated and reversed if the patient needs to have teeth removed due to the damaging nature of periodontal disease or already have significant bone loss, bone reconstruction will be necessary before receiving implants to replace the missing teeth.

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Dental Bone Reconstruction Procedure Process

A dental bone reconstruction starts with the patient receiving anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort during the procedure. The area receiving the treatment is then well cleaned and prepared for Dr. Korn. A small incision is then made to separate the gum tissue from the bone. Dr. Korn will then place bone or bone substitute in the gap where the bone needs to grow together. The bone graft is then secured and the incision is sealed to allow the healing to begin.

"Dr. Korn and his staff are absolutely fantastic. I was referred to Dr. Korn by Dr. Upen J Patel when I needed a front tooth implant due to a failing root canal after 20 years. To say that they did stellar work would be an understatement. Considering that a front upper tooth is quite a difficult tooth to match in terms of size, shape, color and placement, between he and Dr. Patel I don't think they could have nailed it any better!"

Joel L

Dental Bone Reconstruction Post Procedure Care

Right after the procedure, we recommend rest and limited movements. Avoid rinsing or spitting to keep the treatment area clean and unagitated. Patient’s should expect some bleeding visible in the saliva following the procedure. We recommend taking 800mg ibuprofen for pain management for the first three days following the procedure. Soft foods are recommended for the first week to minimize any irritation and to allow the treated area to heal as quickly as possible. You can resume regular brushing and flossing of the untreated area. You can begin cleaning the treated area after the first week, but its best to consult our dental team for specific timelines.

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Benefits of Dental Bone Reconstruction

Dental bone reconstruction procedures can have the following impacts on your overall dental health and appearance.

  1. One of the primary benefits of a dental bone reconstruction restoring the facial and jawbone that is essential to normal bite and helps prevent other dental diseases from occurring.
  2. Dental bone reconstruction allows for missing teeth to be properly replaced with a dental implant.
  3. When a tooth is lost or affected by periodontal disease the bone can begin to diminish and impact the rest of the jaw. Dental bone reconstruction restores and prevents further bone atrophy.

Common Dental Bone Reconstruction Questions & Answers

How successful are dental bone reconstructions?

Dental bone reconstructions are highly successful with a success rate above 90%.

Is a dental bone reconstruction necessary?

Dental bone reconstruction is a necessary procedure to replace missing bone and prevent further bone atrophy. Dental bone reconstruction can also be necessary to properly support a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.

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