Certain sinus procedures can weaken or thin out the wall of bone around your sinuses. This weakened, or thinned out wall, may not support other surgical procedures such as dental implants. The graft can be used to augment and strengthen the bone wall to support an implant. Healing time can take months, however the need to wear dentures can be greatly diminished by this procdure.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is defined as a bacterial infection of the gums, bones, and ligaments that support the teeth and hold them in the jaw. When gum disease progresses to later stages, the supporting structures of the teeth are destroyed, and tooth loss can result. Some early warning sides of gum disease are bleeding, tender gums, loose teeth, pain, or foul odor. Years ago, a patient would have been unable to receive an implant, but today, thanks to bone grafting, implants are a possibility for anyone with degenerated or weakened jaw bones.
New bone, or a synthetic substitute, is taken from the patient's own healthy bone, or frozen, donated bone. The surgeon will make a cut over the defected bone, shape the new bone, and hold it in place with pins, plates, or screws, as it heals. Stiches will be used to close the wound and a small splint or cast may be used to prevent movement. This is performed under anesthesia.