If you have had a tooth extraction or lost a tooth and the strength and integrity of your jawbone is minimized as a result, our implant dentist, Dr. Paresh Patel, can correct this issue through a minor surgical procedure called a bone graft in Frisco, Texas. This will restore your jaw density and structure so it can support a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. Bone grafting is actually quite common with tooth extractions and dental implant placement. The bone grafting preserves the extracted tooth area for an implant in the future if you don’t want to have an immediate implant. 

Bone grafts provide the right amount and quality of bone material needed to restore a tooth’s form and function. Bone grafting in dental implant therapy boosts your ability to chew properly while restoring your appearance as it replaces those teeth so you can smile confidently. Bone grafts also help improve your speech once teeth are replaced with dental implants so you can speak normally again.

Bone Grafting and Membranes

This procedure is used to build up your jaw bone when it is not thick enough or strong enough to support a dental implant. By using processed bone minerals your body can create new bone cells around the graft allowing your natural bone to grow and replace the graft material that is  used to bolster it. Bone grafts are often necessary after a tooth is extracted as the bone material begins to deteriorate so your facial features seem to sag. The bone graft offers your facial structure the support it needs. 

The use of membranes help guide and promote healing with bone grafts while keeping undesirable tissues from growing into the area of the bone that is healing. Membranes can be resorbable, nonresorbable, synthetic or biologic and can be rigid, soft or pliable. We use resorbable membranes that dissolve in the body over time. 

Membranes can be made from:

  • Collagen
  • Pericardium
  • Platelet-rich fibrin
  • Acellular dermal matrix

Resorbable membranes made from xenogeneic collagen are the most popular types of membranes used in implant dentistry today. Most often resorbable membranes are made of collagen products derived from animals. 

Dental Implant

Once the bone generates the necessary bone material needed to support a dental implant, Dr. Patel can restore your lost tooth with an artificial replacement for the tooth root and crown. This dental implant will look and function like your natural teeth with the help of a post for the root and the restoration for the crown. The implant will be surgically installed in your fortified jawbone. Thanks to the bone graft, your dental implant will rest securely in your jaw once it has fused with the bone. Then our implant dentist can design and create the necessary restoration to complete the post, whether that is a crown, bridge or denture. Whatever the restoration, thanks to the bone graft, your dental implant will rest stably in your jawbone.  

Taking care of your dental implant is easy, simply care for it like you do your natural teeth and it will serve you for many years to come (potentially even a lifetime)! This means brushing, flossing and visiting our dentist for routine dental cleanings and checkups to keep teeth and gums healthy.

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If you are needing a tooth extraction and tooth replacement, Dr. Patel is a Master of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists! He is uniquely qualified to evaluate your jawbone structure to determine if a bone graft may be needed and determine whether you are a viable candidate for implant dentistry. We invite you to call our Family Dentistry of Frisco team at (469) 362-3150 to book your reservation. A healthy smile is at your fingertips!


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