- May 30, 2013
If you’ve experienced tooth loss at some point in your life, you’ve surely heard about dental implants from your dentist as a possible solution to your condition. Dental implants are still a relatively new tooth replacement method, but the system is truly revolutionary – by replicating the entire structure of the tooth (including the root) instead of just the crown, dental implants look natural and are just as durable as natural teeth while helping to maintain the health of your jawbone as well. Sounds great, right? However, many patients soon discover that they’re not a viable candidate for dental implants, due to insufficient bone mass in their jaw. If you’ve been rejected by dentists before for this reason, don’t worry – patients in the Philadelphia area and beyond are welcome at Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s Collegeville and Williamsport offices. With the help of a bone grafting procedure, Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his team can finally give you the natural, stable smile you deserve!
How does bone grafting work?
Bone grafting is simply a method that builds up lost bone in order to provide better support for dental implants. This tends to happen when patients have been living with gaps in their smile for quite a while; the lack of a tooth root causes the jawbone to begin to deteriorate. Thankfully, bone grafting can correct this problem. Dr. DiGiallorenzo offers various types of bone grafting, but the two most common procedures are sinus bone grafting (where calcium grafting materials are used to help your sinus bone quickly grow in the directed area) and ridge preservation (where an empty tooth socket is filled with absorbable calcium materials directly after an extraction, which encourages the regeneration of the bone).
You don’t have to worry about whether you can trust our team for your bone grafting procedure – Dr. DiGiallorenzo stays up to date on the latest treatments for improving results, and even uses PRGF (Platelets Rich in Growth Factors), a revolutionary method that helps your entire body heal, not just your mouth.
How long does bone grafting take?
Most procedures only take around an hour; however, a sinus-grafting procedure could take up to an hour and a half. After that, you simply return to our offices about 7 to 10 days later to have your stitches removed and then attend a few brief check-ups so that we can ensure your bone is growing well.
Call either our Collegeville or Williamsport office today to schedule a consultation! Patients from the Philadelphia area and beyond are always welcome to take part in our comprehensive, personalized care that’s sure to give patients from all walks of life a reason to smile.