A bone graft in Rockville, Maryland, is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from a synthetic or natural substitute. When a tooth is missing and isn’t replaced, the part of the jawbone associated with the missing tooth atrophies or is reabsorbed. Bone that has atrophied is often poor in quality and quantity. Unfortunately, patients in this situation often do not qualify for dental implant placement.
However, using various bone grafting techniques, we can now grow bone that will replace and reinforce the atrophied bone. In addition, bone grafts help your body regenerate its own bone. After the synthetic or natural bone substitute is placed, your natural bone will create a bridge between the existing bone and the graft material. With time, your own naturally formed bone will replace most of the grafted material.
Bone grafts are typically performed at the time of dental extraction. Socket preservation is the best way to preserve bone as some loss happens every time teeth are pulled out. Depending on the amount of bone loss, you may need more than one bone graft. Some bone graft procedures we offer include:
- Sinus Lift Procedure—During this procedure, the dentist will lift the sinus membrane and then place the bone graft onto the floor of the sinus. This allows dental implants to be placed on the far side of the upper jaw.
- Ridge Augmentation—If the ridge has been resorbed bucco-lingually and or in vertical dimension (1 or 2 wall defect), then a bone graft will be place to increase the width and height of the ridge.
- Ridge-Split Procedure—If the ridge is not wide enough, it is split and grafting material is placed to fill the area.
- Socket Preservation—After tooth extraction, bone graft material is placed into the extraction socket.
If you have any questions about bone grafts, or would like to learn more about your options for receiving a dental implant at Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, please call our dentist, Dr. Chetan Parikh. We always have time to answer your questions and help you on your path to restoring your oral health.