Boost Your Candidacy for Dental Implants with a Bone Graft
During the course of planning your dental implant treatment, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart may determine that you have some level of bone loss in your jaw. Whether your bone loss is caused by facial trauma or tooth loss, our doctors can perform a bone graft to restore volume to your jawbone and improve your candidacy for treatment. Our practice in Jackson, MS, is equipped with the technology and treatment options to suit your unique oral health concerns and personal preferences without referring you to another doctor.
Do You Need a Bone Graft?
While not all patients will require a bone graft prior to dental implants, a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that more than half of patients did. In order to assess whether you are a good candidate for a bone graft, our doctors will conduct diagnostic imaging to view the quality and quantity of your bone tissue. In general, you may need a bone graft if you have had:
- Untreated tooth loss
- Facial trauma
- Severe periodontal disease
While patients with atrophied jawbones were previously disqualified from receiving dental implants, bone grafts and new types of dental implants have made treatment accessible to virtually all patients.
Two separate studies conducted by the NCBI found that patients with implants placed in grafted bone enjoyed the same stability and survival rates as patients with implants placed in non-grafted bone.
The Treatment Process
Typically, a bone graft will be scheduled three to six months prior to your implant surgery. This allows the artificial bone tissue to successfully fuse with your surrounding bone tissue prior to introducing the implants.
During surgery, we can provide anesthesia to help you achieve a comfortable level of relaxation. One of our doctors will then create an incision in your gums to access the atrophied bone tissue. Using bone from another part of your body, donor bank bone tissue, or synthetic material, one of our doctors will fill in the areas where bone loss has occurred. Once the replacement bone tissue is securely in place, we will suture your gums back together and send you home to begin your recovery.
Alternatives to Bone Grafting
For patients who want to avoid a bone graft, our doctors may be able to place All-on-4® dental implants without bone augmentation. Using the All-on-4 treatment protocol, we can replace an entire arch of teeth using four strategically placed, angled implants. These implants are diagonally placed in your jawbone to achieve a stable foundation without the need for a bone graft. As the treatment also requires fewer materials, it may also be a good alternative for patients who are on a budget.
Why Choose Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.
While many dentists refer preparatory procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift out to a specialist, Dr. Parkes and Dr. Stewart can perform these procedures in our office. Our doctors have over 30 years of experience performing advanced periodontal procedures and are aided by advanced technology to help them accurately diagnose your condition and prescribe the most effective treatment. We work with many insurance carriers to help you acquire treatment coverage. For patients who need to cover out-of-pocket costs, we can also help you apply for financing through CareCredit®.
Enhance Your Candidacy
A bone graft can dramatically improve your chances for successful dental implants. Two separate studies conducted by the NCBI found that patients with implants placed in grafted bone enjoyed the same stability and survival rates as patients with implants placed in non-grafted bone. To learn more about our oral surgery procedures, call our office at (601) 956-1230 or schedule a consultation online.