Onlay Bone Grafts
Would you try to install new walls on a foundation that is crumbling? The results could be disastrous, because the walls won’t have a sturdy base for attachment. Now imagine the foundation is your jawbone and the new walls are dental implants replacing missing teeth. If your jaw doesn’t have enough structure, it won’t be able to support the implants.
Just as a house foundation can be built up in strength, your jaw bone can be strengthened as well. With bone material taken from your own body, the dentists at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group can add back lost bone with an onlay graft. Where do we get the bone material to graft? Don’t let your imagination go too wild, because we choose from three places on your body: your chin, the back of your jaw or your hip bone. In a fairly simple procedure, we take a small amount of bone material and put it in your jaw where you need it. At first it’s held in place by small screws, but after it has fused with your jaw, you’re now ready to have dental implants installed. Think of it as a personal bone transplant from one part of your body to another.
This might sound like a lot to go through just to attach a few appliances into your mouth, but the benefits of dental implants cannot be stressed enough. Repairing bone loss with grafting, whether small scale or large scale, and putting implants into the invigorated bone tissue improves your appearance, your speech and your ability to eat and do all the things you used to do with your natural teeth. Patients whole-heartedly agree that the end result is well worth the time and effort.
The dentists at the Marconi Dental Group do their best to provide you with a relatively pain-free, comfortable experience during all of your dental procedures, including bone grafts. If a bone graft is necessary, but sounds a little scary, consider the benefits of sleep dentistry during your procedure. Our doctors are ready to answer all your questions about this wonderful option of restoring your confidence, your full dental function and your smile!
Video Overview: Consequences of Bone Loss
This video provides an overview of the effects that missing teeth have on the jawbone and the gradual loss of bone that results.