Bone Grafting for Implants
A critical factor in determining whether an implant can be placed or not is the amount of bone available to support it. After tooth loss, the underlying bone tends to dissolve, or shrink away, without constant stimulation from the forces of chewing, etc.
Sections of the mouth where teeth have been missing for long periods of time and/or have been replaced by dentures (that do not provide stimulation to the bone), often have lost so much bone that there is not enough remaining to place implants successfully. Advanced periodontal disease also often will cause the bone to dissolve, even if the teeth have not fallen out yet.
There are several types of bone graft materials available. Dr. Di Girolamo will help determine the type that is most appropriate for you and your specific anatomical requirements. There are advantages and disadvantages of each, but they all act to promote the growth of your own bone in the areas they are placed.
The Procedure: Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now allow us to place many more implants than 10 years ago.
Dr. Di Girolamo administers a local anesthetic and gently opens the area. He then cleans the area, repairs the bone damage and fills in the damaged area with bone grafting material.