Bone loss in the jaw is common in people who have had gum disease, lost teeth, suffered facial trauma, or have ill-fitting dentures. Even for those with only a single missing tooth, between 40% and 60% of the supporting bone structure may be lost in the first year, oftentimes making it difficult to place a dental implant that will last.
While bone grafting at first may sound extreme, the reality is that thanks to today’s innovative bone grafting techniques and materials, bone grafting in the oral cavity is a routine, predictable, and painless procedure. With the ability to grow bone where you need it, bone grafting gives oral surgeons the opportunity to build a strong foundation for placing successful implants—and helping to restore a fully functional, beautiful smile.
Dr. Middleton’s bone grafting procedures range from simple to complex and are usually performed under sedation in our office. They include:
- Single Site Bone Grafting: We target this “single site” for a dental implant and determine a plan for grafting new bone onto the site. It is important to re-establish proper bony and gingival contours before a tooth can be replaced.
- Ridge Augmentation: This procedure involves replacing bone in the empty space or socket that is created after a tooth is extracted.
- Sinus Lift: This procedure is done to help preserve bone that is lost in the back upper jaw/sinus floor in order to accommodate dental implants.
Dr. Middleton or one of our staff will be happy to discuss this procedure in more detail at the time of your consultation. For more information about our professional practice of bone grafting at Middleton Oral Surgery, contact our dental practice at (941) 926-9100 today to schedule an appointment with our team.