If you’ve lost one or more teeth, a serious consequence is the gradual reabsorption of the jawbone, which may leave patients with an inadequate foundation for the placement of dental implants. Thankfully, oral surgeons like Dr. Jeff Lee have the advanced skills to regrow bone where needed, not only creating the ideal site for implants, but also restoring much-needed functionality and aesthetic quality. Please contact Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery today if you’re in need of surgical assistance, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation.
Major Bone Grafting
If previous tooth extractions, physical injuries, or the presence of gum disease has left you with an inadequate amount of healthy jawbone structure, a major bone graft can rebuild the area. Dr. Lee obtains the bone tissue from either another part of the patient’s body or a tissue bank. He may also place membranes that protect the area of the bone graft and encourage new growth.
Our surgical team may also recommend grafts in cases of significant jaw defects, traumatic injuries, and surgeries to remove tumors.
Sinus Lift Procedure
Your sinuses are located above your upper teeth and behind your cheeks, where some of the roots extend. If some or all of these teeth have to be removed, patients find that there’s only a very thin area of bone that separates the sinuses from the mouth. When new implants need to be placed in this area, a sinus lift procedure is ideal. The procedure involves Dr. Lee entering the patient’s sinus, lifting it upward, and placing new bone tissue. Once the patient has successfully healed, this new bone material becomes part of the natural jaw.
If there’s enough existing bone in the sinus area, our team may be able to perform a sinus lift and place new dental implants during the same procedure. However, it’s usually necessary for the graft to mature before it stabilizes implants.
Additionally, we provide ridge expansion or nerve repositioning if needed, and Dr. Lee may recommend bone grafting following the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth, so that the site is protected and potential problems are minimized.