Bone Grafting for Implants in Springfield
Dr. Cross will use a gentle approach to helping each person with there individual treatment.
In some cases, patients may have a tooth that can’t be retained due to factors such as infection, bone loss, fracture, decay, or dental caries. This tooth may require removal and may ultimately be replaced with a dental implant.
Dental implants need a strong foundation to serve as a proper restoration for your tooth. Dr. J. David Cross offers Springfield patients bone grafting for implants to create this foundation. During the same appointment as the tooth extraction, Dr. Cross can conduct a socket preservation treatment, which uses bone grafts to encourage new bone generation in the extraction site. In some instances, socket preservation may also have the ability to prevent adjacent teeth from losing bone.
In addition to socket preservation, Dr. Cross also performs another type of bone grafting procedure for implants called ridge regeneration (guided bone regeneration). This treatment may be appropriate if you have previously lost a tooth and do not have enough bone to support an implant. Learn more about ridge regeneration on our procedure page, or explore socket preservation in detail below.
An Overview of Bone Grafting for Implants
Dr. Cross will provide Springfield patients with a comprehensive examination to determine whether or not their teeth can be retained. He will also coordinate care with the patient’s restorative dentist to ensure the best chances for a smooth procedure and successful recovery.
If Dr. Cross recommends that you have a tooth removed:
- He will develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
- In a follow-up appointment, Dr. Cross will carefully remove the tooth and clean out any remaining infection.
- He will perform bone grafting to assist your body in healing and regenerating lost bone.
Dr. Cross’ patients typically describe the procedure as “very comfortable,” and you may find that you only need minimal medication to manage tenderness after the anesthesia wears off. Over the six-month period that follows treatment, your body should naturally replace the graft material with bone, regenerating the site in preparation for a dental implant.
Dr. Cross’ Approach to Bone Grafting for Implants
Dr. Cross employs high levels of magnification for all of his procedures. He has trained extensively in the use of these techniques, and each year, he spends about six times the required hours for professional development to hone his skills and provide higher quality care for his patients.
With the microscope, Dr. Cross can see significantly more detail during surgical procedures. This allows him to provide Springfield patients with bone grafting for implants in a way that is more effective, esthetically appealing, and comfortable.
Beyond relying on Dr. Cross’ skill in performing treatments, patients appreciate his communicative and personable approach. In his care, you can expect to receive the information you need about your procedure as well as answers to any questions you may have. He will conduct your treatment in an efficient, focused, and gentle manner so that your experience is as positive as your outcome.
What Springfield Patients Can Expect After Bone Grafting for Implants
Following your procedure, Dr. Cross will offer you instructions for your ongoing care. You will receive written instructions from his office as well as contact numbers to use if you have questions or concerns. Most patients return to a normal schedule within a day or two.
Healing from bone grafting for implants is typically a comfortable and uneventful experience. Expect to visit Dr. Cross’ office for follow-up appointments at one month, four months, and six months. By this last visit, the area of the bone graft should have taken on a natural appearance as the body has put down bone cells in its place. Next:
- Dr. Cross may take X-rays or CT scans to determine the correct position and type of dental implant to use.
- You will schedule an appointment at your convenience for Dr. Cross to place the implant.
- After this procedure, Dr. Cross will monitor your healing for 2-to-4 months.
Once the site has healed and the implant has integrated in your jaw bone, Dr. Cross will refer you back to your restorative dentist, who will place a crown on the dental implant to complete the restoration.
With bone grafting, Dr. Cross can help create a stable foundation for dental implants. Learn more about the treatment by contacting our Springfield office online or by phone at 217-793-0196.