Bone grafting is a type of surgical treatment that supplements the jaw bone after it has become partially resorbed by the body or fractured from trauma. Dr. Edward Urig is a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon who provides bone grafting at Bonita Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM. If you are in need of a bone graft, it is essential that you work with a surgeon who has extensive experience and advanced diagnostic and planning equipment to ensure a successful graft. Dr. Urig has been in practice since 1986, and is proud to have an in-office cone beam scanner. This 3-D imaging tool allows Dr. Urig to fully visualize the structures of your jaw bone, teeth, and soft tissues so he can develop the best surgical plan. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today.
Candidates for Bone Grafting
Candidates for the bone grafting procedure include patients whose jaws are not strong or large enough to support a dental implant. While some patients' jaws are naturally too small to support dental implants, other patients may have deficient jaw bone density as a result of tooth loss. Without stimulation from the tooth roots, the jaw bone naturally begins to resorb into the body, becoming weaker and smaller. Bone grafting supplements the jaw using transplanted bone tissue from your own body.
Bone grafting can be performed directly after a tooth is lost or extracted, or several months or years later. Whenever the jaw is at risk for resorption, it is wise to perform bone grafting as quickly as possible to prevent its unnecessary degeneration. Bone grafting treatment can prevent severe bone loss, and it allows patients with poor jaw bone density to receive dental implants.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
When you come to Bonita Medical Center for bone grafting, you enjoy the added benefits of advanced technology. Our office features a 3-D cone beam scanner, which is a specialized type of x-ray that provides Dr. Urig with a comprehensive view of your teeth, soft tissues, and jaw bone.
Once Dr. Urig has determined that you are in need of a bone graft, he will create a surgical plan using your 3-D x-rays. The first stage of your surgery involves the harvesting of bone from another area of your body, such as your third molar region, your chin, or even your hip or tibia bones. The surgery to harvest these tissues is performed at our surgical suite while the patient is made comfortable with local anesthesia.
Next, Dr. Urig will carefully make an incision in your gum line, and then place your harvested bone tissue in the socket where your tooth is missing. If your jaw bone is not vertically large enough to support a dental implant, he may perform a sinus graft. During this procedure, Dr. Urig will lift your sinus membrane (which rests above your upper jaw bone) and place bone tissue above your jaw to lengthen it.
Once bone tissues have been placed, Dr. Urig will carefully suture your incisions closed. Over the next few months, the grafted tissues will become stronger and bond with your jaw bone. Dr. Urig will evaluate your progress and determine when your dental implants can be placed.
To learn more about bone grafting and whether it is right for you, contact Dr. Urig today.