Bone Grafting

Bone loss in your jaws can leave you with inadequate bone width or height for placement of dental implants. Many things including tooth loss, injury, trauma, denture wearing, or periodontal disease can cause bone loss or bone defects. The defects can also lead to indentations in your jaw that are not esthetic and hard to keep clean.

Sinus Elevation

sinus lift

A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The back of the upper jaw (the maxilla) is often lacking adequate bone to place dental implants because that is the area of the jaw that contains the sinus.
When you lose bone because of periodontal disease or tooth loss, there may not be enough bone height underneath the sinus to place dental implants. The maxillary sinus is located in the back of your upper jaw on either side of your nose (over the roots of your backmost teeth). A sinus lift procedure can help increase that bone height by lifting up the sinus floor and grafting bone beneath it. The implants are placed into a combination of your own bone and the grafted bone.

After the surgery the bone graft needs to heal for 6-12 months before implants can be placed. Depending on how much bone you had to begin with, it may even be possible to place your implants at the same time as the sinus lift procedure.

Contact us to schedule an implant evaluation. We can use our 3-D CT Scanner to get a complete image and evaluation of the size of your sinuses and of your upper jaw bone to determine if you may need treatment prior to getting dental implants.
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Bone Augmentation

In order to treat bone defects a ridge augmentation procedure can be done to augment or “build up” the missing parts of the jaw bone. Ridge augmentation can increase the esthetic and functional success of your treatment by increasing the bone to allow for placement of dental implants, or by enhancing the contour of the periodontal tissues.

Depending on the extent of bone loss in your jaw, a bone augmentation procedure may be done at the same time as implant placement or 3-9 months prior to implant placement.

Schedule an implant consultation in our office to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants to replace your missing teeth and to determine if you need bone augmentation in order to get dental implants.
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