If you’ve lost teeth, you may be aware of the changes happening within your mouth. You may notice that your jawbone is beginning to shrink. Other teeth may have started to shift and making it uncomfortable to eat. While bone loss is a normal result of tooth loss, it will negatively affect your oral health, function, and confidence. As experts in bone grafting in Carbondale, IL, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Billy Laun and Dr. Frederick Gustave, have over 45 years of combined training and experience in restoring lost jawbone, whether due to disease, trauma, tumors, sinus deficiencies, bacterial infection, or misalignment. Surgery from the experts ultimately ensures minimal risk of complications and expertise to provide the most personalized and predictable treatments, including dental implants.
Bone grafting involves taking bone from another part of your body or a donor source and using it to rebuild the volume and density of your jaw ridge. This process involves many techniques depending on where you have lost bone in your jaw. Your surgery will be completed in one of our surgical suites while you are comfortably under sedation or anesthesia
Bone loss in the upper jaw beneath the sinuses or if sinuses are too close to the upper jaw will require a procedure called a sinus lift. This procedure involves lifting the sinus membrane to place bone grafts beneath and rebuild the height of the bone. Once healed, this bone will have the height and density to support dental implants.
Bone loss along the jaw ridge can leave the bone too thin and weak to safely secure dental implants. Ridge augmentation restores this ridge to build up the natural contours and density. This procedure also restores an aesthetic gumline for dental implants.
Extraction or tooth loss leaves an empty socket that can immediately be filled with bone grafting material. Once healed, there will be adequate bone volume and density to secure a dental implant later.
Sometimes the inferior alveolar nerve in the lower jaw doesn’t leave adequate room for dental implants. Nerve repositioning involves moving the nerve and vessel canal to the side so dental implants can be placed.
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