When bone loss has occurred in the jaw because of gum (periodontal) disease, a missing tooth or teeth, or an injury or trauma to the jaw, you may lack the bone level necessary to support dental implants. With innovative surgical techniques, Dr. Michael Kuzmik at Drs. Delgado & Kuzmik P.C. Alexandria can regrow jawbone tissue prior to implant placement and enhance the function and aesthetic look of your smile. Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) is one of these techniques that Dr. Kuzmik incorporates into bone grafting and jawbone reconstruction procedures. BMP occurs naturally in the human body, but in this case, it is genetically formulated to mimic the natural protein and evoke the growth activity of osteoblasts (bone-building cells).
At our facility, Dr. Kuzmik utilizes BMP during several procedures, including tooth extractions, sinus lifts, and ridge augmentation, in order to stimulate bone regrowth and initiate a secure base for a dental implant. To learn more about if a BMP procedure would be right for you, contact our Alexandria, VA office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kuzmik.
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There are several factors that may make an individual a good candidate for BMP, including those with significant bone loss in their jaw, those requiring tooth extractions, and those undergoing a dental implant procedure. BMP helps to stimulate new bone tissue, making the need for harvesting bone grafting samples much less. Additionally, BMP can help to reduce treatment risks, recovery times, and the cost of your treatment. Patients who are compromised medically, are pregnant or nursing, or may become pregnant are not good candidates for a procedure with BMP.
What to Expect
Integrated into bone grafting procedures and jaw reconstruction surgeries, BMP helps to enable the placement of a dental implant. The bone morphogenic protein is made with the use of a sample of your bone tissue, most often taken from within the site of the bone graft. In some cases, BMP may also be formulated from bone sourced from another human or bone bank (allograft bone tissue). In your consultation, Dr. Kuzmik can decide which method is ideal for your treatment, depending on your oral health needs and goals. iCat™ cone beam imaging scans may also be taken in order to effectively plan out your procedure and decide where to use BMP in your jaw.
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Kuzmik will use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment site and additional sedation methods can be used to help you relax if needed. A biocompatible and dissolvable collagen sponge will be soaked with the BMP solution and placed on the bone tissue throughout your treatment sites. A titanium mesh will be placed to cover the sponge and grafting material in order to maintain the area for new bone growth. Throughout the healing process, the new bone tissue will incorporate seamlessly with existing tissue to enhance bone quality and quantity.
After your procedure with BMP, you may experience some minor discomfort and swelling. All aftercare and recovery instructions will be provided by Dr. Kuzmik and our team to ensure you heal properly with little pain. You will need to attend follow-up appointments at our practice so that we can evaluate your recovery process. After the treatment site has healed, another scan will be taken of the area to determine bone growth and jaw health. Then, an implant procedure can be scheduled for a fully restored smile.
Depending on your insurance provider, BMP may be covered by your plan. Our financial team will contact your insurance company prior to your procedure to determine your exact coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Drs. Delgado & Kuzmik P.C. Alexandria also accepts several payment methods and financing plans in order to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.
Bone Morphogenic Protein
Sending a signal to your body to restore natural bone tissue and rejuvenate the level of bone, BMP can help to allow a stable, long-lasting dental implant. Dr. Kuzmik uses this advanced technique to decrease the need for harvesting large amounts of bone. To learn more about this restorative procedure, contact our Alexandria, VA facility to schedule your consultation with board-certified oral surgeon Dr. Kuzmik.