Bone grafting for implant placement

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies, which creates a condition where there is lack of good quantity and quality bone to place dental implants. In those cases, a bone augmentation procedure is necessary before implant placement can be done.

Today’s advanced science and surgical techniques allow us to grow bone where needed and to restore functionality as well as aesthetic appearances.

 

 

How do we start the bone graft?

Bone grafting can repair contemplated implant sites where bone is missing due to previous dental extractions, gum disease or trauma.

Bone is often obtained from a tissue bank. In some cases, your own jawbone can be used for the dental implant site. The mandible is often used as a donor site because it possesses a high-quality bone that yields high success rates with minimal temporary discomfort for the patient.

What is a sinus lift?

When upper teeth are missing, the sinuses, which are spaces of air behind the cheeks, and may become enlarged and prevent the placement of dental implants. Please keep in mind that dental implants need bone to be stabilized. 

A sinus lift procedure with bone augmentation in the sinus allows growth and maturation of new bone. After several months, the deposited bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be placed in the new solid bone.