One of the most important factors to consider before placing dental implants is the amount of bone volume within your jaw. Having adequate bone volume is necessary to hold the implant post firmly in place and ensure the dental implant does not fail. Bone loss is common among those with missing teeth, oral trauma and gum disease and can be rebuilt through bone grafting. Dr. Gordon is skilled in these procedures and can help you qualify for dental implants, whether your bone loss is minor or severe.
During a bone grafting procedure, Dr. Gordon will take a sample of bone from you or a donor source and convert it into bone granules, similar in texture and appearance to sand. These bone grafting granules are then placed at the site of bone deterioration, just under the gum tissue. The bone granules will fuse to your existing jaw bone to create a solid structure. This evens out your jaw line and is capable of supporting a dental implant. For those concerned about the bone grafting procedure, we offer effective sedation techniques to ease your anxiety and give you a virtually painless experience. Once your graft heals, you will be one step closer to having your dental implant placed and smile restored.
After a tooth is extracted, it leaves behind an empty socket where the roots resided. With socket preservation bone grafting, we will pack this socket so that it heals with the proper amount of bone to keep your jaw balanced, prevent teeth from shifting, and allow you to receive dental implants.
When an area of bone has deteriorated, we will need to restore the jaw line (the ridge) with a bone graft. By placing bone grafting material at the site of recession, your jaw line will be restored. This is a common procedure for patients seeking dental implants to replace their missing teeth.
A sinus lift is an advanced and delicate bone grafting process that Dr. Gordon has special training to perform. This is used to restore bone in the upper molar area of the jaw. During a sinus lift, Dr. Gordon will carefully access your sinus cavity, gently raise the sinus membrane and place bone grafting material underneath. Once healed, a sinus lift provides you with adequate bone volume for dental implant placement in this area.
As an alternative to traditional bone grafting in Leawood, KS, we offer bone reduction treatment. This alternative treatment will level out your bone rather than require grafts be placed. We recommend asking Dr. Gordon if this option is right for your specific case.