The bone grafting procedure plays a major role in periodontal care as it helps to restore lost bone tissue. It is commonly used to provide the bone density necessary for dental implant placement. Our skilled Philadelphia, PA periodontists specialize in bone grafting and sinus lift procedures to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and make it possible for them to restore their smiles with implants. To learn more about bone grafting and sinus lifts, please read below!
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure performed by our periodontists to help rebuild and replace lost or damaged bone tissue. The surgery is an intricate process that involves taking synthetic materials that can be used to reestablish bone tissue in areas of lost volume.
- Once the bone graft material is placed, it is secured in place with screws, pins, or membranes.
- Within a few months, the graft will fuse with the natural bone structure and provide the structural support required to anchor dental implants.
A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is a specialized bone grafting procedure performed on patients who need dental implants in their upper jaw but do not have enough bone mass to support the implant. The sinus lift procedure involves adding bone tissue to the upper jaw near the sinus cavity, which is located above the molars in the back of the mouth.
- During the sinus lift procedure, our periodontist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the bone in the upper jaw.
- We will then create a small opening in the bone and lift the sinus membrane upward, creating a space between the membrane and the jawbone.
- The bone graft material is then inserted into the space and the incision is closed with stitches.
- Over time, the bone tissue will integrate with the existing bone in the jaw, providing the necessary support for the dental implant.
Recovery after bone grafting surgery is typically straightforward but requires careful attention to ensure proper healing. Our providers will provide detailed instructions for aftercare, which may include the following:
- Pain management: Patients may experience some discomfort and swelling after the procedure, and pain medication may be prescribed to help manage the discomfort.
- Rest and recovery: Patients should avoid strenuous activities for several days following the procedure to give their body time to heal.
- Diet: Patients may need to adjust their diet to avoid hard or crunchy foods that can damage the graft site. A soft diet may be recommended during the initial healing phase.
- Oral hygiene: Patients should continue to practice good oral hygiene habits, but may need to modify their routine slightly to avoid disturbing the graft site. Our team may recommend using a special mouthwash or toothbrush to help keep the area clean.
- Follow-up appointments: Patients will need to schedule follow-up appointments with our periodontist to monitor the healing process and ensure that the bone graft is integrating properly.
Bone grafting is an important procedure that can make all the difference in the health of the smile and the ability to obtain a dependable restoration. If you have experienced bone loss or are considering dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.