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What is Bone Grafting and What Can It Do For Me?

  • January 28, 2013

In the world of restorative dentistry, dental implants are still one of the newest, most revolutionary solutions in the dental world today for revitalizing your smile and making it shine. But there are restrictions concerning who is a viable candidate for dental implants, and one of the most important criteria regards how much bone you have. Insufficient bone can prevent a dentist from recommending dental implants, which is frustrating news to hear if you’ve been waiting on the procedure. Thankfully, Dr. DiGiallorenzo has a safe and effective solution for you at his Philadelphia-based offices here in Collegeville and Williamsport: bone grafting.

What exactly is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which Dr. DiGiallorenzo will fill in the places in your mouth where bone has been lost over time with a replacement material. When teeth are lost over time because of age, trauma, or disease, its root is no longer stimulating your jaw bone, which causes the bone to slowly deteriorate. Bone grafting can help regenerate growth, and provide a stable place for dental implants to be inserted.

There are various types of bone grafting procedures, including:

  • Sinus bone grafting, for when your sinus bone is too low to support implants. Dr. DiGiallorenzo will use calcium-grafting materials to help the bone grow and support the dental implant. The natural bone will replace the materials used in due time.
  • Ridge preservation, which is used when to prevent the loss of bone and depression that usually occurs after extraction. Dr. DiGiallorenzo will fill the affected area with an absorbable calcium material then cover it with a membrane barrier. This will protect the bone and help it to form again.

Here in the Philadelphia area, we’re committed to providing you with the latest up-to-date treatment while still putting your health and safety first. That’s why Dr. DiGiallorenzo also used PRGF (Platelets Rich In Growth Factors), a revolutionary technique that involves using a small amount of the patient’s own blood to encourage healing. With PRGF, the recovery after your procedure will progress that much quicker, resulting in more successful results. This is only one of the variety of ways in which Dr. DiGiallorenzo uses holistic treatments to help you get back to smiling faster.

Call either our Collegeville or Williamsport office today to schedule a consultation appointment. Patients from the Philadelphia area and beyond are always welcome to take part in our personalized, first-rate care.