Prepare for a Dental Implant and Enhance Your Jaw with Bone Grafting

Tampa Oral Surgeon, Dr. Renato Aves, can perform bone grafting at our Tampa and Lakeland, FL oral surgery practices to build up your tissue, improve your oral health, and help you enjoy the benefits of dental implants. To learn more about bone grafting or find out if you qualify for this procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aves.

Bone Grafting

Why Might I Need a Bone Graft?

Missing teeth leave gaps in your smile that can be both embarrassing and unhealthy. When a lost or extracted tooth no longer stimulates the bone tissue by chewing, the bone begins to deteriorate. Some patients may naturally have narrower, less dense bones, exacerbating this condition. Bone loss can change your facial shape, making your cheeks appear hollow or your face appear gaunt. In addition, insufficient jawbone tissue can make you ineligible for dental implants, titanium posts that replace missing tooth roots and stably hold restorations.

Who is a Candidate for Bone Grafting?

You may be eligible for bone grafting if you:

  • Have recently lost a tooth or required an extraction.
  • Lack adequate bone tissue to hold dental implants.
  • Do not suffer from gum disease or other oral health concerns. Dr. Aves can help you treat these conditions before performing a bone graft.
  • Are in good general health, able to safely undergo anesthesia and surgery. Systemic or immune compromising illnesses could interfere with this process.
  • Are not allergic or sensitive to the grafting material used.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes for your procedure.

Dr. Aves will assess your mouth, perform appropriate diagnostic tests, go over your medical records, and discuss your concerns to determine if you qualify for bone grafting.

Types of Bone Grafting

We offer two kinds of bone grafting at our oral surgery practice to help suit each patient’s distinctive needs and wishes. These include:

Autogenous grafts. Also called “autologous” bone grafting, this technique uses your own tissue to enhance your jawbone. To perform this procedure, Dr. Aves will first need to harvest bone tissue from another area of your body, usually your jaw or chin. Then, he will use this material to modify your jawbone. Since they utilize your own tissue, autogenous grafts typically integrate well with your jawbone. In addition, they include important nutrients and compounds that help your bone regenerate.

Allografts. Using this method, Dr. Aves will build up your bone tissue with freeze-dried and carefully preserved cadaver bone tissue. Allografts require no additional surgery, but this tissue is not live, so it does not help the bone heal.

Bone Grafting Procedure

Once Dr. Aves has obtained the grafting material (from your own body, a cadaver, or another source), he will numb the affected gum tissue with local anesthetic and incise it. Although bone does not have nerve endings, gum tissue does. Dr. Aves uses optimal anesthetic and sedation techniques to ensure your maximum comfort. After numbing your gum tissue, he will modify your existing bone as necessary and attach the grafting material with titanium screws. He may then cover it with bone marrow or plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) to help the bone fuse with the graft and heal efficiently. Finally, Dr. Aves will suture your gums to finish the graft. He may also perform bone grafts as part of ridge augmentation, ridge preservation, or a sinus lift.

Learn More About Bone Grafting

This procedure could enhance your appearance and help you maintain your oral health. Contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to find out more about bone grafting or schedule an appointment with Dr. Aves.

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