A Bone Graft for Dental Implants Can Restore Your Candidacy

If you are interested in dental implants, but your jawbone is not strong enough to support the posts, Dr. Bruce Gopin can perform a bone graft for dental implants at his El Paso, TX, office. During this treatment, he will use either your own tissue or synthetic tissue to rebuild your jaw and replace lost bone tissue. By doing so, he can ensure a strong and sturdy base for long-lasting implants. Dr. Gopin also uses advanced techniques to expedite healing so that you can receive your implants quickly and experience complete dental function.

When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?

In addition to supporting your teeth, your tooth roots contribute to your jawbone health. When your teeth touch, the roots send a regenerative signal to the surrounding bone. These signals trigger bone growth and prevent your jaw from receding. If you are missing teeth, however, your jaw will no longer receive those signals, and you could begin to lose bone tissue very quickly. Implants require a certain amount of tissue for support. Dr. Gopin will employ advanced imaging technology to examine your jaw and check for bone recession. Then he can determine whether a bone graft is right for you. If he finds that you have suffered recession in your upper jaw, you may require a sinus lift in preparation for implants.  

Dr. Gopin will employ advanced imaging technology to examine your jaw and check for bone recession. Then he can determine whether a bone graft is right for you.

Performing Bone Grafting before Implant Surgery

In select cases, Dr. Gopin will use synthetic or donor tissue for bone grafts. Typically, however, he will use your own bone tissue. Bone grafting typically requires two separate procedures. During the first surgery, the doctor will first administer local anesthesia and remove a tissue sample from another part of your body (most commonly your chin). Then, during a second procedure, he will make small incisions in your gums. He will place the new bone tissue in the recessed areas of your jaw. He will also position a barrier membrane over the area. The membrane helps promote faster healing by encouraging new bone growth.

An illustration of a bone graft

A bone graft replaces lost bone tissue, creating a suitable foundation for an implant.

After your bone graft, you will need to wait for your jaw to heal before you can receive dental implants. Recovery typically takes four to six months. Once the new tissues have fused with your jaw, Dr. Gopin can perform implant surgery.

The Benefits of Bone Grafting

By restoring your candidacy for dental implants, bone grafting can have tremendous benefits for your oral health and function. Without a graft, you would have to rely on a traditional bridge or removable denture. Thanks to modern fabrication techniques, these restorations are more realistic than ever before. However, a traditional bridge cannot halt bone atrophy, and traditional dentures remain prone to slip out of place. Implant-supported dentures and other restorations, on the other hand, will never move out of place. Additionally, like your dental roots, they will stimulate jawbone regeneration. Therefore, a bone graft will allow you to enjoy these and the many other advantages of dental implants.

Contact Dr. Gopin’s Office Today

If you are considering implants, but you have been told that you are not a candidate for treatment due to bone recession, you may be eligible for a bone graft. Contact our office today to book a consultation with Dr. Gopin. He can help you determine whether a bone graft for dental implants would benefit you and your dental needs. 

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