Our St. James dentists perform bone grafts and sinus lifts to strengthen your jaw bone and improve your oral health.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is a minor surgical procedure where your dentist adds bone tissue to your jaw bone to strengthen it, improve bone loss or prepare for another dental procedure such as placing a dental implant.
Reasons for a Bone Graft
If you require a dental implant, but your jaw bone is too thin or too soft to support it, a bone graft may be necessary. After the bone graft procedure, there will be a waiting period of a few months until you can have your dental implant surgery.
Patients with severe gum disease may experience bone loss. In this case, a bone graft may be needed to regenerate the bone and prevent teeth from falling out.
Regenerating Natural Bone
Bone grafting encourages the natural growth of bone tissues. As the natural bone grows, it generally replaces the graft material completely, resulting in a fully integrated region of new bone.
A sinus lift is a type of bone graft where your dentist adds bone material to your upper back jaw.
A sinus lift raises the sinus area so that your dentist can place a dental implant.