Bone Enhancement Procedures

In addition to dental implant placement and restoration of missing teeth on dental implants, Dr. Jay Lopez of Tucson has the expertise and surgical experience to perform bone enhancement procedures in his own office.

Dental implants are the most durable and lifelike treatment for missing teeth. To receive implants, it is important to have a strong and healthy jawbone. Unfortunately, bone resorption begins quickly after tooth loss. If you do not seek immediate treatment for your missing teeth, your jawbone could be severely deficient – even after just a few months. This does not mean, however, that you will not be able to receive implants. Dr. Jay Lopez offers several bone enhancement procedures in his own office. With a blend of advanced technology, personalized treatment planning, and surgical precision, he can restore lost bone tissue. In this way, he can improve your appearance and enable you to receive dental implants.

What Causes Jawbone Resorption?

Bone cells are constantly dying, and they must be replaced. Not only do your dental roots hold your teeth in place, they also play an important role in your jawbone health. When your teeth are present, the roots send a regenerative signal to the adjacent bone tissue. These signals help to maintain your oral health and facial structure. When you are missing teeth, the roots are no longer there to signal new bone growth. The more teeth you are missing, the faster your jawbone will deteriorate.

Bone Grafting

Dr. Lopez can reverse bone loss and prevent additional damage with a bone grafting procedure. In many cases, he can also rebuild a strong foundation for implants. He can use one of several techniques to perform this treatment. Bone grafting with autografts is one of the most common options. Dr. Lopez will take a sample of your own bone, typically from an area in your mouth. He will place this bone tissue over the resorbed areas of your jawbone. As you heal, the new and old bone tissues will fuse together.

Dr. Lopez can also use animal bone (xenograft), synthetic materials (alloplastic graft), or human donor bone (allograft). The procedure itself is nearly identical in all cases. When healing is complete, Dr. Lopez will place your dental implants.

Sinus Lifts

If you are going to receive implants in your upper jaw, you may require a sinus lift. This procedure is very similar to a standard bone graft. In addition to replacing lost bone, Dr. Lopez will reposition your sinus membranes so there is room for the titanium implants. As with a bone graft, the new bone tissues will integrate with your sinus bone. It may take anywhere from four to six months for the bone in your sinus to mature. At that time, Dr. Lopez can place your implants. With most patients, Dr. Lopez is able to simultaneously place implants and graft bone in the sinus. This option shortens the treatment time.

Ridge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation is a specialized type of bone grafting. This procedure will restore your alveolar ridge, the crest running just underneath your teeth. As in a standard bone graft, Dr. Lopez will position a new bone tissue sample over recessed areas of your jaw. Ridge augmentation also has an aesthetic component, since your alveolar ridge is visible when you smile and talk. Dr. Lopez will carefully plan your procedure with aesthetics in mind. He will create a contour that matches your smile and overall facial appearance.

Learn More about Bone Enhancement

Even if you have been missing teeth for years, you may still be a candidate for dental implants with bone enhancement. Contact our office to learn more about these procedures and find out if they are right for you.