Bone Grafting & Sinus Lifts
Expert Regeneration of Bone Structure
Bone loss in the jaw can be caused by gum disease or the loss or extraction of a tooth. With gum disease, bacteria eat away at the jawbone and ligaments surrounding the tooth. When teeth are left missing, the bone in the area of the missing tooth will shrink over time. No matter the cause, bone loss can have an adverse effect on your facial structure. It can also create oral health issues or make chewing difficult.
Dr. Peto has extensive experience in complex bone grafting techniques and he is able to treat the most difficult and challenging cases.
Bone Grafting to Replace Lost Bone
Bone grafting helps the body grow bone where it is needed. Dr. Peto performs bone regeneration procedures to restore the functionality and appearance of your jaw, mouth and teeth.
Dr. Peto will perform bone grafting as part of certain gum disease treatment procedures, after a tooth extraction to prepare the site for a dental implant, to rebuild the jaw bone after bone loss has occurred, and as part of a sinus lift procedure.
The goal of the bone graft process is to coax the body into rebuilding the bone and ligaments that attach a tooth to the jaw. There are a variety of different bone graft materials that can be used for bone regeneration, and Dr. Peto will use the one most appropriate for your condition.
He takes a minimally invasive approach, using synthetic bone tissue material to stimulate bone growth. These specialized bone graft materials are genetically engineered versions of proteins found in the human body. Once placed, the bone graft material promotes regeneration of bone and ligaments.
When Is Bone Grafting Needed?
Saving a tooth
When a tooth is compromised due to periodontal disease, Dr. Peto needs to fill in bone structure to save the tooth. After treating the diseased area, Dr. Peto will place bone graft material in the site to rebuild proper tooth support.
After tooth extraction
Dr. Peto always tries to save your natural teeth, but sometimes the tooth needs to be extracted to maintain oral health. In that case, he will undertake preventative measures to keep the portion of bone beneath the missing tooth from shrinking after the extraction. Dr. Peto will place bone grafts in the empty socket to replace your natural bone. Over time, the grafting material will be absorbed and replaced with your natural bone.
Building up the jawbone
Often denture and bridge wearers experience loss of bone on their ridgeline of the jawbone. This will cause unsightly gaps below the prosthetics. Dr. Peto will augment the ridge with bone grafts to get it back to its former level.
Bone Grafts for dental implants
Dr. Peto always ensures there is good stability for dental implants and will perform bone grafting, if needed, prior to placing an implant. He will monitor the bone growth and healing process. It usually takes about three months for the bone graft to be fully integrated with the bone. The dental implant can then be placed.
Sinus Lift Procedure
When upper molars are removed or missing, the sinus cavity can expand, leaving just a thin wall of bone between the sinus and mouth. Dental implants need a solid bed of bone to hold them into place. Dr. Peto will perform a sinus lift in order to build back the bone to support an implant.
This requires Dr. Peto to open a small window in the bone and gently lift the membrane lining your sinus. Bone grafting material is packed into the space created by the lifting of the sinus. Dr. Peto will monitor the healing process while the bone develops. Once the bone is strong and thick enough, Dr. Peto with place the new dental implant.
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