Bone Grafting & Sinus Lifts in La Crosse
Highly Skilled Regeneration of Lost Bone
Your teeth are anchored in sockets on a platform of bone known as the alveolar ridge. Strong connective tissue and bone firmly support your teeth in their positions on the ridge and keep them stable.
For various reasons, including gum disease and the natural progression of bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing, the bone in your jaw can diminish in strength and volume. Bone loss can create a variety of oral health problems, such as painful chewing and eventual tooth loss. It can also be an obstacle to placing dental implants, as implants need a certain amount of bone to be stably supported.
Dr. Malin can build back the bone to its original volume, using modern bone grafting procedures.
Accomplished bone grafting expert
Dr. Malin is experienced and highly accomplished in bone grafting. Since starting practice in 1991, he has kept up with the latest developments in bone grafting techniques through extensive continuing education.
He is also an experienced teacher of bone grafting techniques to other practitioners, and holds directorships in two advanced dental continuing education institutes where he teaches courses in bone grafting and dental implant placement.
How Bone Is Lost
Bone loss can be caused by gum disease, bite misalignment, having teeth missing, or injury to existing teeth. It can also occasionally occur as a result of a viral infection.
Your jawbone needs the pressure from biting and chewing to maintain its density and volume. When you have missing teeth or your bite is misaligned, that pressure is missing. This causes the bone in your jaw to progressively dissolve, gradually diminishing the height of your dental ridge.
Wearing dentures accelerates bone loss
The biting and chewing pressure from dentures does not provide the type of stimulation needed to maintain the bone density and volume of your jaw. In fact, the pressure exerted by dentures accelerates the rate of bone loss. As the bony ridge loses height and thickness, the lower third of your face will eventually get a “collapsed” and prematurely aged look.
The shrinking of your jawbone will cause your dentures to become loose and need regular refitting. When bone loss has become severe, it can eventually get to a point where no denture can be made to fit well at all.
How Bone Grafting Works
Bone grafting is done to grow new bone, replacing the bone that was lost. Dr. Malin uses lab-created biocompatible bone grafting material and places it into the area where bone is missing in order to generate new bone tissue.
The graft material itself does not become the new bone. It stimulates the body to generate new bone tissue, and indicates the space for the new bone to grow into. As the new bone tissue fills the space, the graft material harmlessly dissolves into the bloodstream.
Bone Grafts for Dental Implants
In the majority of cases, the bone graft and the dental implant are placed as part of the same procedure. However, there can be times where bone loss has been so severe that bone grafting has to be performed and allowed to heal before an implant can be placed. In this case, Dr. Malin will insert the graft, cover it and allow the bone to regenerate over the next several months before proceeding with your implant treatment.
Rebuilding bone in the tooth socket for a future dental implant
When a tooth is extracted, the bone in the immediately surrounding area will gradually diminish in volume unless this is prevented through treatment. Bone graft material can be placed in the space left by the extracted tooth, generating new bone to maintain the shape, volume and bone density of that area. This procedure is known as socket preservation.
Socket preservation makes it possible for an implant to be placed at a future date, because implants need a certain amount of bone support to be stable. It is sometimes also possible to place a bone graft and an implant at the same time immediately after a tooth extraction.
The “sinus lift” bone graft for back upper teeth
There are two sinus cavities located above the back teeth in your upper jaw, one on either side of your face. When you lose teeth that are located under a sinus cavity, bone is lost in the surrounding area, and the sinus cavity floor sinks downward into the upper jawbone. This can make the bone around the lost tooth too shallow for a dental implant to be securely placed.
To remedy this situation, Dr. Malin will place bone graft material along the bottom of your sinus cavity. This will generate the bone depth required for an implant in the back of your upper jaw. The procedure to raise the sinus floor for added bone volume is called a sinus lift
Advanced Technology for Minimally Invasive Bone Grafting
Dr. Malin uses advanced technology to make bone grafting minimally invasive, precise and efficient.
3D imaging technology for accurate treatment planning
First, Dr. Malin will use our state-of-the-art cone beam 3D CT scanner to obtain 360-degree 3D views of your teeth and entire jawbone. The images will show your exact bone levels and can be magnified and viewed from any angle for a highly accurate and fully comprehensive view. With this detailed information, Dr. Malin can precisely plan out your bone grafting treatment ahead of time. This eliminates the need for invasive exploratory surgery and allows him to perform your bone grafting accurately and efficiently.
Ultrasonic surgery unit
At times, some of the bone surfaces at the grafting site may need to be modified or sculpted before the bone graft is placed. Dr. Malin will use an ultrasonic surgical instrument to penetrate or sculpt these hard surfaces and bone. This device uses a special tip that vibrates at a certain frequency to precisely carve bone while leaving any surrounding soft tissues unaffected. This technology is more accurate and much less invasive than traditional surgical methods.
Growth proteins to accelerate healing
When extra speed of healing is necessary, Dr. Malin can add growth proteins to the graft site to accelerate bone regeneration. These proteins additionally reduce swelling and prevent infection, minimizing discomfort and speeding up the healing process.
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