Bone Grafting and Dental Implants - Salinas, CA
Bone loss is common when a tooth or several teeth are missing. If you are looking for an oral surgeon in Salinas and Watsonville, CA to fix missing teeth, set up a consultation with Dr. Andres F. Herrera. Dr. Herrera may recommend a bone grafting procedure prior to implant placement to ensure better success. When there is not enough bone available to support a dental implant or dentures, you can undergo a bone grafting procedure to fix missing teeth and help to achieve optimal results.
Types of Bone Grafting Procedures
The three different types of bone grafts that Dr. Herrera performs are as follows:
- Autogenous Grafts - Bone is taken from one area of the body, often the chin, and transplanted to the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
- Allografts - Bone is taken from a human donor, which is usually sourced from cadaver bone that has been donated to a bone bank. The materials are screened and considered safe.
- Xenografts - Bone is obtained from a nonhuman source, such as a cow.
Both allografts and xenografts do not require a second surgical site to harvest bone tissue.
Bone Grafting to Fix Missing Teeth
In order to fix missing teeth with a bone grafting procedure combined with implants or other procedures, Dr. Herrera will first numb the area where bone will be removed, as well as the location where the bone will be augmented. He will make an incision in the gums around the area where the bone will be added, then incise the gums below the lower front teeth to expose the chin bone. He can then remove a part of the bone along with bone marrow, graft the bone to the area in need, and proceed to close up the incisions with stitches. You will be given post procedure instructions to ensure optimal healing.
Learn more about your options to fix missing teeth by setting up a consultation with Dr. Herrera in Salinas and Watsonville, CA today!