Shortly after tooth loss, the jawbone will begin to shrink and change shape, affecting the health of your smile and your overall facial appearance. Dental implants need bone tissue for support, and advanced jaw atrophy may disqualify you from this treatment. At Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C., in Knoxville, TN, we perform dental bone grafts to replace lost tissue and restore your candidacy for implant-supported restorations. Our surgeons, Drs. Turner P. Emery and Michael D. Wooten, can provide several types of bone grafting, allowing you to experience the many benefits of dental implants.
How Bone Grafts Work
During a grafting procedure, your doctor places donor tissue into the portion of the jawbone that has receded. Once in place, the grafting material fuses with surrounding bone and encourages your body to produce new tissue in the area. Over time, the grafting material is replaced with your own natural tissue, creating a sturdy base for your dental implants.
Do I Need a Bone Graft?
If you have neglected to replace missing teeth, you may need a graft before implant placement. However, if you have experienced only a small degree of bone recession, you be able to receive All-on-4® implants without undergoing a graft. The type of graft we recommend will depend on which tooth you need to replace and the extent of tissue deterioration.
We provide several types of bone grafting, allowing you to experience the many benefits of dental implants.
Choosing the Right Graft for You
During your initial consultation at our office, we will take x-rays and scans of your jawbone to assess the extent of tissue loss. We can also discuss your needs and preferences to determine the optimal grafting procedure for you. At Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer several types of grafts, including:
- Socket Preservation Grafts: Performed after a tooth extraction, this type of graft maintains the position of teeth and the density of the jaw until an implant is placed.
- Block Bone Grafts: A block bone graft uses tissue from the chin or the back of the jaw to replace large quantities of lost bone.
- Sinus Lifts: Patients who need to replace teeth in the back of the jaw often have issues with the size and location of their sinus cavity. This type of graft raises the sinus floor to make room for implant placement.
- Ridge Augmentation Grafts: The alveolar ridge is the bone which surrounds tooth roots. Tooth extraction or other damage can affect the ridge, requiring a graft to restore the natural structure.
Insurance rarely covers the cost of dental implants and related procedures, including bone grafting. We offer convenient financing options to place all related implant treatments comfortably within your budget.
Restore the Strength of Your Jaw
Our team at Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can perform safe and effective bone grafting to restore your jawbone and your candidacy for dental implants. Learn more about bone grafting by contacting our team online or calling (865) 584-6207.