Dr. DiGiallorenzo Performs Bone Grafting at Our Philadelphia Area Periodontal Offices
Sometimes there is insufficient bone for the placement of dental implants. When this happens, Dr. DiGiallorenzo will perform a bone grafting procedure for you prior to your dental implants placement at his Philadelphia area periodontal offices.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure wherein Dr. DiGiallorenzo will fill in places where bone has been lost with replacement material. Bone can be lost for a variety of reasons, including disease, injury, or missing teeth.
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Why bone grafting?
Before Dr. DiGiallorenzo can perform your dental implants procedure, he may need to perform bone grafting, building up lost bone to provide better support for the replacement teeth. If you’ve been missing teeth for a while, the bone has most likely broken down. Tooth roots stimulate your jaw bone and help keep it healthy, and without them, the bone believes its served its purpose and is no longer needed.
There are various types of bone grafting, including sinus bone grafting and ridge preservation.
Sinus Bone Grafting
When you lose posterior teeth, it can cause greater force to be put on your remaining teeth. Luckily, dental implants can be used for tooth replacement. However, your sinus bone can be positioned too low for dental implant placement. If this is the case, Dr. DiGiallorenzo might need to perform a sinus bone grafting procedure to make room for the dental implants. We can use calcium grafting materials to help your bone quickly grown in the affected area, stabilizing the dental implant. Your natural bone will eventually replace these materials as it grows.
Gum disease, broken teeth, or abscesses can lead to bone loss, and this will eventually mean that a tooth has to be extracted. The healing process after an extraction leads to bone loss naturally, and a depression will form in the remaining bone.
We can help you avoid this problem by performing a ridge preservation periodontal bone grafting procedure when the tooth is extracted.
Advanced periodontal disease, tooth fracture, or other types of abscesses may cause severe bone loss around a tooth, requiring that the tooth be extracted. When a tooth is extracted, healing occurs by a combination of shrinkage of the remaining extraction socket bone, and some bone growth from the base of the extraction site. The result is often loss of bone where the tooth used to be, and a depression in the remaining ridge of bone.
We can help you avoid this problem by performing a ridge preservation periodontal bone grafting procedure when the tooth is extracted. Dr. DiGiallorenzo extracts the tooth and fills the area with absorbable calcium materials. He then covers the spot with a membrane barrier, and this keeps the gum tissue from invading the extraction site while protecting the growing bone. With ridge preservation, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can encourage regeneration of bone.
Regenerating damaged and lost bone at the time of extraction of the tooth provides the following advantages:
- Protects the adjacent teeth by preserving the bone between the extracted tooth and remaining teeth.
- Helps avoid a ridge deformity developing and improves the look of the area.
- Allows for placement of a dental implant where the missing tooth used to be.
Revolutionary Bone Grafting from Dr. DiGiallorenzo with PRGF
One of the reasons you can trust Dr. DiGiallorenzo to provide the best results for your bone grafting procedure at our Collegeville and Williamsport offices is because he stays up to date on the latest treatments for improving results. He uses PRGF (Platelets Rich in Growth Factors), a revolutionary technique that stimulates healing of the human body. A small amount of a patient’s own blood is used to help encourage healing of the gum and bone tissues. PRGF help make healing painless, reduce swelling, and lead to more successful results. This is just one of the ways that Dr. DiGiallorenzo harnesses holistic treatments to help you heal and feel your best.
How long does the bone grafting procedure take?
Your bone grafting procedure will take about 60 minutes, and a sinus grafting procedures might take up to an hour and a half. You will revisit the office to have your stitches removed about 7 to 10 days later, and we’ll schedule a couple of short follow-up visits to make sure you’re healing well and to evaluate your bone growth.