Bone Grafting

Dental Implants & Bone Grafting in Naples, FL

Are you concerned about bone density while considering dental implants? If so, bone grafting is a possible solution.
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Bone Grafting From a Board-Certified Surgeon

Your smile is important, and your bones play a vital role in keeping it healthy and functional. The bone in your jaw supports your teeth and helps to keep your face looking young and healthy. But when you lose a tooth, your jawbone can no longer get  enough stimulation, which can cause it to shrink and weaken. This can lead to problems like loose or shifting teeth, trouble with your jaw joint, and changes to the way your face looks. To stop these issues from happening or getting worse, we offer bone grafting services at the Florida Dental Implant Institute.

Our specialists are highly skilled in providing bone grafting services that help restore bone structure and volume. These services range from simple socket preservation procedures to complex sinus lifts. With years of experience, our experts at the Florida Dental Implant Institute can help restore your jawbone and prepare you for life-changing dental implants.

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We Are Experts in Complex Cases Involving Bone Loss

Our specialists are the best in the industry at complex cases and can treat patients with extensive bone loss.
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No two patients are the same when it comes to bone loss. While some may benefit from Zygomatic Implants, others may require bone grafting. As experts in both, we are the top destination for complex bone loss cases.
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The Process for Restoring Lost Bone

Bone grafting is a surgical technique that involves inserting biocompatible material to reinforce and augment the jawbone in areas with bone loss or missing teeth. This material can be taken from the patient's own body or from a donor. The goal of bone grafting is to restore the proper shape and density of the jawbone, which can be important for supporting teeth or dental implants. Often, bone grafting is done before or during dental implant surgery to ensure long-lasting implants and mitigate the side effects of waiting too long between procedures.

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Why Would I Need a Bone Graft?

Periodontal disease: Periodontitis can result in bone loss in the jaw, leading to issues supporting healthy teeth. In such cases, bone grafts can be used to generate new bone.
Trauma: If you have experienced facial trauma or injury, bone grafting can be used to replace lost bone, repair functioning, and restore appearance in the jaw.
Thin Jawbone: In certain cases, bone grafting may be needed to augment the thickness of the bone in specific regions, such as those surrounding the sinus cavities.
Dental implants: Bone grafting is often necessary to prepare the jawbone for dental implants, especially in areas where the bone is thin or damaged.

What Are the Benefits of Bone Grafting?

If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you might have heard about something called a "bone graft." It might seem like an extra step, but getting a bone graft before getting implants can help you in a few ways. Firstly, it can make your jaw stronger and prevent problems like infection or implant rejection. Secondly, it can increase the success rate of your implant in the long term. Finally, bone grafting combined with dental implants can help you maintain a youthful look, especially if the appearance of premature aging has been caused by bone loss.

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Bone Grafting Options

We offer a full range of bone grafting options for our patients suffering from bone loss.

1. Socket Preservation

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After a tooth extraction, we perform a bone grafting procedure known as socket preservation. This involves filling the empty tooth socket with bone graft material, which helps slow down the process of resorption in the area where the tooth was removed. Additionally, socket preservation can aid in maintaining the health of the bone until a dental implant can be placed.

2. Ridge Augmentation
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The process of ridge augmentation involves bone grafting to restore the original density and shape of a jaw ridge, either whole or in part. This procedure helps to improve the fit and comfort of dentures by increasing the levels of healthy bone in the jaw arch.

3. Sinus Lift
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If you have experienced a loss in bone density or volume in the premolar or molar areas of your jaw, a sinus lift could be a helpful solution. This procedure involves gently lifting the sinus cavity and inserting bone grafting material beneath it to restore proper bone height and density.

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Rediscover the joy of a confident smile. With our state-of-the-art dental implant solutions, you're not just getting a procedure—you're investing in a lifetime of laughter, conversations, and moments shared. Whether you're looking to replace a single tooth or achieve a complete transformation, our expert team is here to guide you every step of the way.

Florida Dental Implant Institute specializes in implants and oral surgery. With 50+ years of combined expertise, we serve Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is bone augmentation?

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Bone augmentation can be performed using various methods, but regardless of method, the primary purpose of the procedure is to increase or reinforce bone density in the jawbone.

Why does the jawbone lose density in the first place?

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Bone loss in the jaw is commonly caused by losing a tooth and not properly treating it. Within the first year of losing a tooth, you may lose up to 25% of the bone density in that area. This problem continues to worsen over time because teeth and their roots provide stimulation to the jawbone, which signals the brain that the jaw is fulfilling its primary purpose. When teeth fall out, the stimulation is reduced or eliminated completely. As a result, the body begins to take calcium from the jaw for use elsewhere. If you know that you are going to lose a tooth, it is important to promptly schedule an appointment to be evaluated for a replacement as certain procedures can prevent or limit the amount of bone loss. Other reasons for a loss of bone density include periodontal (gum) disease, developmental defects, injury, decay, and infections.

When is bone grafting necessary for dental implants?

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If you have experienced bone loss, your jawbone may not be thick enough to support a dental implant. To replace missing teeth with dental implants, a titanium screw will be surgically placed under your gums and anchored to your jawbone. In order for this to be successful, your jawbone must be dense enough to support the post. Think of it like building a piece of furniture - the wood must be thick enough for the screw to fully secure it. If your jawbone is not dense enough, bone grafting can increase its density and provide a secure fit for the titanium post.

Whose bone is used for the actual graft?

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The grafting material comes in a variety of different forms, including powders, granules, or gels that can be inserted via syringe. This material can come from an animal, a human, or even your own body. Once obtained, the grafting material is processed by a laboratory to ensure that it is clean and sterile.

What is the bone grafting procedure like?

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​​​​​​​The procedure itself involves making a small incision in the gums and then adding grafting material to the bones through the incision. The grafting material is composed of minerals that trigger your body to grow new bone. Over time, this will cause your body to deposit and build bone by itself! Once the bone graft has been placed, it is usually covered with a thin membrane that acts as a framework for new growth.

What is the recovery time, and how will I feel afterwards?

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After your bone grafting procedure, it's common to experience soreness. To alleviate this, you can take pain medication and use ice packs. Additionally, you'll receive antibiotics and an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent infection. It's crucial to avoid putting pressure on the area, so you'll need to be mindful of your diet for several weeks. The complete process can take six to nine months since your body needs time to build new bone around the grafting material or bone transfer. Although it's a slower process, your dental implants will be far more secure once you've fully healed.

Are there alternative options to bone grafting?

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Yes. We also offer Zygomatic Dental Implants, which are attached to the cheekbone rather than the jaw. They can be a great option for patients seeking full-mouth dental implants who lack sufficient bone density to support normal All-On-4 implants.

When should zygomatic implants be considered over other options?

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Zygomatic implants are chosen when there's insufficient bone for conventional dental implants and bone grafts are too risky. These implants eliminate the need for grafts by anchoring to the cheekbone instead, reducing overall treatment cost and healing time.

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