Before And Afters
Bone Grafting & Implants Case 1
Bone Grafting & Implants Case 2
Missing Teeth Can Lead to Jaw Bone Reduction Over Time
Many people mistakenly believe that a missing tooth is nothing but an aesthetic concern for their smile. However, there is a more serious result of tooth loss—the loss of bone volume in your jaw. After just one year with a missing tooth, there is on average a 25 percent decrease in bone volume. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the root below the gum line no longer stimulates the bone that once held it in place. This causes your jaw bone to recede, which can have consequences to the function of your bite, your facial appearance and the chance of dental implant placement. Dr. Howard Abrahams offers a solution to bone loss through bone grafting and sinus lift procedures.
Symptoms of Bone Loss
- Missing teeth for long periods of time
- Periodontal disease damaging your jaw bone
- Oral trauma
- Loose or ill-fitting dentures
- Misaligned teeth
- Large or low positioned sinus cavity
What is a Bone Graft?
The most common way to restore lost bone is through a bone graft procedure. This involves placing bone grafting material at the site of the jaw where bone loss has occurred. Dr. Abrahams does this by using bone from your own body or a donor source. The bone graft will integrate to your existing bone to create a healthy, solid foundation for dental implant placement.
Sinus Lift Surgery for Upper Arch Implants
Dr. Abrahams also performs sinus lift surgery for those who have experienced bone loss in their upper jaw area. The sinus cavity is located just above your upper teeth. This location is tricky for dental implant placement because with insufficient bone levels due to bone loss or a large sinus cavity, the implant cannot be placed. To solve this, Dr. Abrahams will gently raise your sinus cavity and fill the area underneath it with grafting material. After healing, you will have enough bone to successfully receive dental implants.
Qualify for Dental Implants
If you are missing any teeth, it is important to have them replaced with dental implants as soon as possible. Implants are considered the most effective and long-term replacement for missing teeth and are an investment in your oral health. Dr. Abrahams is a dental specialist who excels at solving problems like bone loss for dental implants. You deserve to enjoy your smile, your favorite foods, and feel confident again with a complete and healthy smile!