Understanding the benefits of bone grafting surgery

Dental implants are a widely popular option for our patients looking for long-lasting tooth replacement solutions. Dental implants have long been considered the gold standard of tooth replacement options. They are durable, long-lasting, and fuse to the jawbone. Because of this, having enough bone structure is crucial to anchor an implant securely in the jawbone. In some situations where there is not enough healthy jawbone to support a dental implant, Dr. Jeff Bue, Dr. Skye Kim, and the team at Kennebec Dental Excellence in Waterville, Maine, may recommend further procedures to prepare the area, including bone grafting.

What is bone grafting?

Bone graft surgery is replacing or supplementing your jawbone with bone material. The grafting process creates a healthy foundation for dental implants, crowns, or dentures while supporting the remaining teeth in the mouth after losing or removing one or more teeth. This procedure encourages the formation of new bone and maintains proper jaw contours.

Bone grafting surgery is often necessary when a patient has experienced severe periodontal disease, which can cause the loss of teeth, gum tissues, and jawbone structure.

Will I need a sinus lift?

Sometimes, when someone needs a bone graft for a dental implant, they may also need a sinus lift. This happens when the implant is too close to the sinus cavity. The dentist raises the sinus floor to make room for the implant and bone graft material. This ensures there is enough strong and healthy jawbone for the implant to work well. The procedure allows for the safe and effective placement of dental implants or other prosthetics to replace one or more missing teeth.

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If you are interested in dental implants but cannot undergo the procedure due to bone loss in your jaw, our team of professionals can offer you treatment!

If you reside in Winslow, ME, and want to speak to our team at Kennebec Dental Excellence about bone grafting, call (207) 810-5088 to request a visit. Our facility is located at 464 Benton Avenue and serves patients in Winslow, Augusta, Belfast, Bangor, Portland, Gardiner, and Waterville.