Dr. Williams is highly trained in both bone and soft tissue grafting techniques to help our patients gain healthy tissues where they are needed. To make sure that our patients are comfortable and at ease every step of the way, bone and soft tissue grafting procedures are performed in our office with local anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on your procedure type and your preference. Dr. Williams will discuss your anesthesia and pre- and post-operative instructions with you in detail during your consultation appointment.
To learn more about bone and soft tissue grafting and help you feel at ease about your own treatment, we hope you will explore the stories of some of the patients who have received bone or soft tissue grafts at White Mountain Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center.
For the placement of stable dental implants, patients need a strong jaw bone! Unfortunately, when teeth are missing from the dental arch for a while, bone atrophy can occur in the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth (the alveolar ridge/jaw bone). Dr. Williams performs several types of bone grafting to build bone mass and strength in areas of the jaw where implants are to be placed — these bone grafting techniques open the option of dental implants to many patients who may not otherwise have been candidates for a durable implant placement. When bone grafting is the first step in your dental implant treatment, Dr. Williams will often place a graft at the same time as your implant. Dr. Williams also employs bone grafting in the treatment of other oral and maxillofacial conditions, such as in the repair of injuries from facial trauma.
Bone grafts usually consist of a solution of granulated bone material or other healing agents like bone morphogenic protein (a synthetic bone material), applied to the areas with insufficient bone. Bone is typically sourced from another part of your body or from a tissue bank. At our practice, we perform multiple types of bone grafting treatments to meet our patient’s needs, including
- Ridge Augmentation. If the bone that surrounds your teeth, called the alveolar ridge, is deficient in bone, bone graft material can be inserted into the area where an implant is to be placed to stimulate bone growth for firm implant placement.
- Sinus Lift. The sinus is very close to the upper oral cavity, and sometimes, the wall that separates the two is too thin to support a secure dental implant placement. If this is the case for you, your oral surgeon can place a bone graft in the jaw below the sinus membrane to make implant placement possible for you.
- Socket Preservation. Your oral surgeon may fill your tooth socket with bone grafting material immediately after an extraction to prepare the site for a future dental implant.
Once your new implant or implants are placed, they will act just like natural tooth roots, helping to maintain the strength of your jaw bone, and thereby breaking the cycle of bone loss in your jaw.
Bone Morphogenetic Protein
Bone morphogenetic proteins are known to stimulate bone growth naturally in the human body and are sometimes utilized in bone grafting in our practice as a synthetic substitute for real bone. This eliminates the need to source bone from other graft sites on your body or use banked bone. Bone morphogenetic proteins, or BMPs, are proteins that are naturally produced in the body for creating new cartilage and bone and are proven to be effective and safe to increase the jaw bone support required for durable dental implant placement. During your BMP treatment, a protein solution will be added to a sponge-like material that is placed over the area of bone in your jaw that requires growth. The BMPs will then stimulate and support bone growth in the area, and once that process is complete, your jaw bone will be ready to support your new dental implant.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Like bone grafts, soft tissue grafts play an important role in dental implant placement. They promote healing around a dental implant and help to ensure an optimal long-term result. Most often, the tissue used for soft tissue grafts is harvested from another part of your oral cavity — often the roof of your mouth. Dr. Williams also offers soft tissue grafting to treat periodontal disease and gum recession and to help stop bone loss and further recession of the gums.
Bone & Soft Tissue Grafting in North Conway, and Littleton, NH
Bone grafting and soft tissue grafts are incredibly helpful in ensuring the long-term stability of dental implants. During your consultation appointment at our practice, you will have a complete oral exam to discover if a tissue or bone graft will benefit you. Dr. Williams is highly experienced in bone and soft tissue grafting techniques and will perform these procedures with your comfort and well-being in mind. If you have questions about the grafting procedures we perform at our practice, or you are ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Williams, please give contact us. We look forward to getting you smiling again.