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Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

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Dental implants are a modern-day solution designed to replace missing teeth. It is a versatile treatment that can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. Treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed in your jawbone, to support your dental restorations. While dental implants are a very successful treatment, they rely significantly on the condition of your jawbone. If you have lost too much bone mass, implants may be loose or fail. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can help to make implants possible with bone grafting.

What Causes Bone Loss in the Jaw?

There are several different issues that can lead to bone loss in the jaw. Common causes of bone loss include:
•  Tooth loss. Losing teeth leads to a lack of stimulation in the jaw, which means fewer nutrients are sent. Over time, the bone begins to lose mass.
•  Gum disease. As gum disease advances, periodontal pockets form. Bacteria fall into these pockets, where they begin attacking the periodontal ligaments and the jawbone, weakening them.
•  Poor tooth alignment.
•  Bruxism.
•  Infections in the jaw.
•  Tumors, cysts, or other growths in the jaw.

The Importance of Bone Mass and Implants

Dental implants are a very popular treatment designed to replace missing teeth. To be successful, implants rely on the jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within the jaw. However, if you have lost too much bone mass, your treatment may not be successful. Placing implant posts into weak areas of your jaws can result in posts that are too loose, which compromises the stability of your dental restorations. You may even experience complete implant failure.

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which bone material is taken from one area of your body, or from a compatible donor, and transplanted to the weak areas of your jaw. The goal of the procedure is to restore strength to your jaw, which can then help to increase the success of dental implant treatment. As you heal, your existing bone fuses with, or around, the graft material. Once you have fully healed, the implants can then be placed.

Types of Bone Grafts

During your initial consultation, we examine your mouth, take X-ray images, and go over your medical history. This consultation will help us to determine the best type of bone graft to meet your needs.
•  Autograft. An autograft uses your bone mass. The greatest advantage to this graft is that there is no risk for immune reaction or disease transmission. However, there is a need for an additional surgical site.
•  Allograft. An allograft uses bone mass from a compatible donor. The tissue is harvested from a cadaver. It is screened thoroughly and processed to reduce the risk of disease transmission and immune reaction. Only one surgical site is needed for this type of graft.
•  Xenograft. A xenograft uses bone material from an animal source, often a cow. The bone is heavily processed to reduce the risk of complications. Again, only one surgical site is needed.
•  Alloplast. An alloplast is a graft that uses synthetic grafting materials.

Restoring Your Missing Bone Mass

Bone grafting is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided in the event you feel anxious. Surgery begins with small incisions in your gums, exposing the weak areas of your jaw underneath. Next, we take the bone grafting material and place it in your jaw. Finally, your gums are sutured closed. Once you have healed, we can then start the process of dental implant placement.

If your jaw is not strong enough to support dental implants, this does not mean that you are not a candidate for treatment. Bone grafting can restore missing bone mass, strengthening your jaw and making dental implants possible. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 for more information and to schedule your consultation.


(570) 323-1900


1701 Four Mile Drive
Williamsport, PA 17701


(570) 546-7600


23 East Water Street
Muncy, PA 17756

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