Bone Grafts

Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons & Denture Specialists located in Torrance, CA

Imagine that you’re looking forward to the beautiful smile you’ll have with dental implants; then you learn that you don’t have enough jawbone for the implants to be successful At PermaDent® Dental Implant Center, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, have an exceptional solution for that: a bone graft. Bone grafts promote new bone growth that helps treat several dental problems. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call our office in Torrance, California.

Bone Grafts Q & A

When might I need bone grafts?

At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we have decades of experience safely performing bone grafts for:

Dental implants

Dental implants replace individual teeth, are used to anchor a bridge, or provide a foundation for fixed dentures. You can only get a dental implant when your jawbone is healthy enough to support its placement in the bone. If there’s a problem, a bone graft provides the bone needed to hold the implant.

Tooth extraction

Tooth removal leaves a small hole. Additionally, the bone and soft tissues shrink as they heal, creating an indentation that affects your appearance and interferes with getting a dental implant. We effectively solve the problem by placing bone graft material in the hole, using a procedure called a socket graft/ridge preservation.

Periodontal disease

Severe periodontal disease occurs when bacteria and plaque get below the gum line and cause chronic inflammation. When inflammation affects the underlying bone, we can repair the damage and restore the bone using a bone graft.

What should I expect during a bone graft?

A bone graft requires surgery; however, it’s often done in the course of another dental procedure such as tooth removal or gum surgery to treat periodontitis. 

When planning a dental implant, the graft is the first surgical step, but it only requires a small incision to expose the bone and place the graft material.

There are several sources of bone graft material, but they all produce the same results, stimulating new bone growth that fuses the graft to your existing bone. 

What is sinus lift surgery?

When we need to place a dental implant in the upper back jaw, we often run into a common problem: Many patients don’t have enough bone in that area of their mouth to support the implant. However, this part of your jaw is also near your sinuses, which means a sinus lift may solve the problem.

During a sinus lift, we gently and slightly raise the sinus floor, creating just enough space for a bone graft. It takes 4-12 months for bone to regenerate in the area; then you have solid support for your dental implant.

When you need a bone graft, you can depend on the experts at PermaDent Dental Implant Center — call us.