Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts in Monroe
Expert Regeneration of Lost Bone
For various reasons, the bone supporting your teeth can dissolve away and be lost. Loss of bone can create a variety of oral health problems, such as difficulty with chewing and loose teeth. Bone loss can also be an impediment to the placement of dental implants, as dental implants need a certain amount of bone support to be stable.
Dr. Anzalone is able to regenerate lost bone and restore the full volume and density of bone around the teeth with modern bone grafting procedures.
Skilled Bone Grafting Specialist
As a periodontist, Dr. Anzalone is a specialist in the treatment of the bone and gum surrounding the teeth. He is highly skilled in grafting procedures that regenerate lost bone. He keeps up with the latest developments in bone grafting techniques through regular continuing education so he can always provide the highest-quality treatment to his patients.
Dr. Anzalone is additionally a board-certified periodontist, a status only awarded to those who have made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. Dr. Anzalone is the only board-certified periodontist in Northeast Louisiana.
The Causes of Bone Loss
The following are the main causes of bone loss around the teeth:
- Gum disease — Gum disease is a continuous bacterial infection and inflammation of the gums. The bacteria emit toxins that eat away the ligaments and bone surrounding the teeth. As the disease becomes more severe, the bone loss worsens until tooth support is minimal or gone altogether. This can cause teeth to loosen or even fall out.
- A missing tooth — The bone in your jaw needs stimulation from regular biting and chewing pressure to maintain its volume and density. Once a tooth is missing, that pressure is absent and the bone gradually dissolves away.
- A misaligned tooth—A tooth can be misaligned so that it fails to make contact with the tooth in the opposing arch when you bite down. This can severely reduce the chewing and biting pressure on the misaligned tooth and can result in bone loss.
- Infections in the jaw—Tumors and bacterial or viral infections not connected to gum disease sometimes develop in the bone tissue around the teeth and precipitate bone loss.
- Tooth injury or trauma—An injury to a tooth can cause it to become misaligned or infected. Either situation can lead to bone loss.
Wearing dentures accelerates bone loss
Traditional dentures do not provide the stimulation necessary to maintain the volume and density of the bone in the jaw. In fact, the type of pressure exerted by dentures accelerates the rate of bone loss and wears away the ridges of bone that provide tooth support. As the bony ridge dissolves away, the jaw loses height and thickness, which can eventually cause the lower part of the face to get a collapsed look.
The bone loss in the jaw is what causes the denture to repeatedly become loose and need regular refitting. Loose dentures also cause gum sores and can make chewing painful. The bone in the jaw will eventually wear away to the point that no denture can be made to fit well.
How Bone Grafting Works
Dr. Anzalone places bone graft material into the space where bone is missing in order to add bone volume. Rather than take bone from another part of the body, he uses lab-processed material that is equally effective and noninvasive.
The graft material itself does not actually turn into new bone. It stimulates the regeneration of new bone tissue by the body and acts as a “scaffold” (platform) around which the new bone grows. The graft material harmlessly dissolves away as new bone tissue fills the space.
Advanced Technology for Minimally Invasive Treatment
Dr. Anzalone uses advanced diagnostics and materials to provide bone grafting that is minimally invasive, efficient and comfortable.
Digital panoramic and 3D X-rays
To determine where a graft needs to be placed, Dr. Anzalone takes a digital panoramic X-ray of your entire mouth. The panoramic X-ray provides a detailed two-dimensional view of all your teeth, the bone levels in your jaw, your sinus cavities and other anatomical structures.
He may additionally arrange for you to receive a 3D CT at a nearby facility.
Using these images, he will be able to plan your bone grafts with great precision and perform the grafting procedure efficiently.
When needed to guarantee strong regeneration of new bone, Dr. Anzalone will mix a powerful formulation of biological growth proteins in with the bone graft material. These proteins greatly intensify the regeneration of new bone tissue by providing added stimulation for new cell growth. They also reduce any post-treatment discomfort.
Dr. Anzalone uses dissolvable sutures to close up a graft site for healing. They are made out of a biocompatible material that dissolves naturally over time. This means you won’t have to come back for a second appointment for suture removal.
The “Sinus Lift” Bone Graft
There are large sinus cavities on each side of your face that are positioned above the back teeth in your upper jaw. When you lose one of these teeth, bone loss occurs in the tooth socket and may cause the floor of the sinus cavity (which lies directly above the socket) to “sink.” A sunken sinus floor makes the jawbone too shallow to support the full length of a dental implant.
In this situation, Dr. Anzalone can perform a type of bone graft known as a sinus lift. He will place bone graft material along the floor of the sinus cavity, which will stimulate the regeneration of new bone. This will provide the bone depth necessary to securely support a dental implant.
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