Prepare For Dental Implants With Bone Grafts in Collegeville
If you want dental implants but have been told your bone is too thin to support them, a bone graft procedure will give your bone the strength it needs. Our specialists use special replacement material to fill in areas where bone has been lost due to disease, injury, or resorption following tooth loss.Doctor David DiGiallorenzo on bone grafting Read Transcript
Hi. I'm Dr. David DiGiallorenzo at the Lanap and Implant Center. I'm just going to touch base briefly on bone grafting and what we do at the Lanap and Implant Center. Typically, we see a lot of patients who have either cracked or failing teeth, whether they've had root canal or they've just failed biomechanically as a result of stress or a trauma. When we remove teeth, one of the critical elements is to preserve the bony structure. Even if we're not going to be utilizing dental implants in the near term, we want to create a foundation which is going to give the patient options. Typically, when teeth have had root canal or are removed, there can be a lot of destruction of the bony housing of the lower jaw or the upper jaw. It becomes critically important to not only detoxify the jaw appropriately upon surgical intervention, but also it becomes critically important to set a foundation in which can receive orthopedic inserts, whether they be metal-free dental implants or titanium in the future.
Bone grafting is critically important to secure that foundation. The way we have approached bone grafting is to, as a primary source of regeneration, is to use platelet-derived growth factors. In our office, our assistants are trained phlebotomists. They take blood from the patient. We then spin the platelets. We isolate the growth factors, and then we mix these growth factors with different materials that are then introduced back into the mouth. This process ameliorates healing, reduces inflammation, reduces infection, and really helps the body to understand that these are like cells. When we do dental implants, we'll coat the implants in the patient's growth factors. When we place a bone graft, we'll utilize bone which is coated in these growth factors. This has been extremely therapeutically important for how we operate at the Lanap and Implant Center.
Bone grafts will:
- Spur healthy new bone growth
- Allow for placement of dental implants
- Enable you to get the dental restorations you want
- Protect your other teeth by preserving the bone between extracted teeth and remaining teeth
- Restore your jaw’s natural contours and prevent a ridge deformity
We’ll Recommend the Right Bone Graft Procedure
Dr. David DiGiallorenzo’s training includes prosthodontics, periodontics, and oral implantology. With this expertise, he can advise you on the bone grafting procedure best for your situation. He may recommend:
- Sinus Bone Grafting – If your sinus membrane is positioned too low for dental implant placement, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can perform a sinus lift to make room for the dental implants. We use calcium grafting materials to help your bone quickly grow in the affected area, stabilizing the implant. Your natural bone eventually replaces the materials as it grows.
- Ridge Preservation – A ridge preservation periodontal bone grafting procedure is sometimes needed after a tooth extraction. Dr. DiGiallorenzo extracts the tooth and fills the area with absorbable calcium materials. He then covers the spot to protect the growing bone.
Either procedure lasts about an hour. You’ll return to our office about a week later for a follow-up appointment so we can remove your stitches and check on your bone graft.
Recover Smoothly With PRGF & Proper Nutrition
Postoperative care is as important as the bone graft itself. We’ll ensure your recovery goes smoothly with:
- PRGF – This revolutionary technique uses the latest in stem cell technology to stimulate healing. We use a small amount of your blood to help encourage healing of the gum and bone tissues. PRGF (platelets rich in growth factors) helps make your recovery painless, reduces swelling, and leads to more successful results.
- Specialized Nutrition Program – When your body is fueled with the right combination of nutritious foods, it is better able to heal itself following surgery. Using PRGF, your own natural stem cells, and a customized nutrition regimen, our team gives you all the advantages possible from the very start.
To learn more about how bone grafts can help you get dental implants, call 610-228-4366.