Grafting for Dental Implants In Orange Park & Surrounding Areas
Our Dental implants in Orange Park and surrounding areas are the most natural feeling replacements for missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. During healing, titanium fuses to the bone in a process called "osseointegration." The implant becomes extremely rigid, creating an excellent anchor to attach either a crown, a bridge or even a denture. Bone is the most important component to a healthy implant. If a tooth has been missing for some time, the body may have lost the bone that once supported the tooth. It is possible to rebuild lost bone structure utilizing bone grafting techniques such as Ridge Augmentation or Sinus Grafting. However, the best way to ensure adequate bone support is to preserve the ridge during an extraction.
Once a tooth is removed the bone shrinks to help the body efficiently use it's resources. It is important to preserve the bone ridge before this happens. The most effective time for this is during a tooth extraction. During this procedure the body normally forms a blood clot in a large empty space. After the wound contracts during healing, the bony ridge has become much smaller, possibly too small for an implant. By filling the void with a bone graft, wound contraction is prevented, leaving the bone ridge in its original shape and ready for an implant.
Sometimes the bone is severely reduced by trauma, infection or extended time without a tooth. When this occurs, that bone needs to be rebuilt in a process called Ridge Augmentation. For this, bone graft materials must be placed under the gum tissue and shaped into the form of the original bone. A dissolvable membrane is used to keep the bone graft protected. Sometimes, biological growth factors may be added to enhance the bone growth. Dr. Kuznia and Storch typically wait between 4 and 6 months before augmented bone is ready to hold a dental implant.
One of the most common areas for bone grafting for dental implants in Orange Park is the upper back jawbone. When our upper molars are removed, there is often only a small amount of bone between the teeth and the sinus cavity. During bone healing, even with a ridge preservation, the sinuses tend to grow into this space, further reducing the available bone for implants. If need be, Dr. Kuznia and Dr. Storch can perform a Sinus Graft, or, enter the sinus cavity through a window about the size of a dime to add a bone graft to this area. If you are considering getting dental implants in Jacksonville, Orange Park, or the surrounding areas, visit one of our four locations today!