Wichita Falls, TX

Preparing for Dental Implants

Michael J. Gliddon, DDS
Dr. Gliddon Uses the Latest Technology for Bone Grafting to Prepare for Dental Implants

Bone Grafting from a Maxillofacial Expert

As the foundation of your smile, your bone plays an important role in your oral health and function. It supports your teeth and helps preserve your facial structure. Your jawbone needs the stimulation of tooth roots to remain dense and strong. When teeth are extracted or lost, the jawbone no longer receives stimulation and will resorb and shrink. Bone loss can lead to shifting and loosening of remaining teeth, loss of lip and cheek support, causing jaw joint problems, and more. To help ensure that these functional and aesthetic consequences do not occur or worsen, we provide bone grafting in Wichita Falls, TX.

As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, our doctors are especially qualified to offer comprehensive bone grafting services, from socket preservation to sinus lift surgery.

As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, our doctors are especially qualified to offer comprehensive bone grafting services, from socket preservation to sinus lift surgery. Oral Surgeons receive additional years of advanced surgical training outside of dental school in complex bone grafting treatment and are abreast of the latest techniques and materials used in these procedures. As experts in maxillofacial surgery, they are the highly qualified to restore bone structure and volume lost due to extensive tooth loss, advanced gum disease, cancer treatment, severe oral trauma, and in cases of congenital deformity (cleft lip and cleft palate). With years of dedicated surgical experience, our Oral Surgeons at Live Oak Oral Surgery of Texas can restore your jawbone after tooth extraction and prepare you for life-changing dental implants through comfortable, predictable bone grafting treatment.

The Process for Restoring Lost Bone

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure placing dental bone graft material in areas where the bone has resorbed, or a tooth has been extracted. The purpose of bone grafting is to restore the proper density, height, and width of the bone in the jaw. Bone grafts can be either from the patient or from a donor source and may either be a bone block or granules. In many cases, we offer bone grafting treatment before we place dental implants or during implant surgery to ensure the long-term success of dental implants. Below are additional bone grafting techniques.
Socket preservation is a bone grafting procedure we complete after tooth extraction. This involves packing bone graft material into the empty tooth socket. Socket preservation slows the resorption process where the tooth is missing. It can also help preserve the health of the bone until a dental implant can be placed.
Ridge augmentation refers to a bone grafting procedure restoring the natural density and contours of part or the entire jaw ridge. Restoring healthy bone levels to a jaw arch can make dentures and full month dental implants more comfortable and fitted to your gumline.
When bone in the premolar or molar areas of the jaw has lost density or volume, you may benefit from a sinus lift. Gently lifting the sinus cavity, bone grafting material can be placed beneath to restore proper bone height and density. A complex surgery, a skilled oral surgeon is the best choice if you need this treatment.
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The Bonuses of Bone Grafting

Bone grafting isn’t just a functional treatment to improve your oral health. Bone grafting treatment has widespread benefits! Tooth and bone loss because of decay, trauma, disease, or genetics can lead to numerous problems affecting your ability to eat, your facial aesthetics, oral and physical health, and personal wellbeing. By restoring bone levels in your jaw, we can treat any infection and disease, while replacing any missing teeth with full mouth dental implants in Wichita Falls, TX. Having a smile restored to proper function and aesthetics can significantly improve your confidence, health, and overall enhance your life!

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