Dental implants provide a safe and effective way to restore missing permanent teeth. However, for dental implants to work properly, you need healthy gums and jawbones. If you don’t have enough bone to hold an implant, you might benefit from a bone graft procedure. Joseph S. Kim, DDS, with offices within Santa Cruz, Mission District in San Francisco, and Fremont, California, regularly performs bone grafts in preparation for dental implants. To learn more about this surgical procedure, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone from another part of your body, or using a synthetic material, to restore the strength and function of your jawbone. During a bone graft procedure, Dr. Kim attaches a bone or synthetic bone material to your jawbone. Once placed, the bone graft encourages the production of new, healthy bone tissue.
Dr. Kim might recommend a bone graft if you want dental implants but don’t have enough jawbone to support them. For example, if your jawbone is too thin or too soft, it’s unable to adequately support an implant.
It usually takes several months for your jaw to heal and for the new bone material to grow. After your jaw heals, Dr. Kim moves forward with implant surgery. Sometimes, a bone graft surgery and implant surgery can be done at the same time to reduce the healing time. You will be able to have crowns within four months.
A sinus lift is another procedure that Dr. Kim may perform to make your jawbone able to support an implant.
If you have a jawbone that’s weak near your molars or premolars, Dr. Kim might recommend a sinus lift. During this type of surgery, Dr. Kim adds bone or synthetic bone material between your jaw and maxillary sinuses. To make room for the bone material, Dr. Kim carefully lifts your sinus membrane.
The time it takes to recover from bone graft surgery varies from patient to patient. However, recovery usually takes a period of 3-4 months. In order to speed up the recovery process, follow Dr. Kim’s instructions carefully.
To determine the type of bone graft operation you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment with Dr. Kim. He does an oral exam and asks you questions about your goals for treatment. He also takes a series of 3D digital images using the cone-beam computed tomography system. After gathering all of this information, Dr. Kim develops a treatment plan that aligns with your unique dental implant needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about bone grafts, make an appointment with Joseph S. Kim, DDS––click the online booking tool or call the office nearest you today.