Many times missing teeth can lead to the jaw bone to atrophy or be reabsorbed. This leaves the area with an insufficient amount or poor quality of bone. This condition makes patients poor candidates for dental implants. Fortunately, doctors today can place a bone graft to help restore this bone. Restoration can give us the correct width and height of bone to place implants.
Depending on how much bone you already have, the bone graft can either be placed at the time of your implant procedure or before. If your bone has deteriorated so far that an implant cannot be placed in your pre-existing bone an implant procedure will be scheduled separately from your implant procedure. If you have enough bone to place the implant, but not enough to completely cover the sides, a bone graft can be placed at the time of your procedure. Bone grafts can also be placed to help repair facial trauma and congenital defects. The bone graft will be completed in office and local anesthetic is typically used.
Your sinus cavities rest behind your cheeks and above your upper teeth. Some of the roots of your upper teeth extend very close to your maxillary sinuses. When these teeth are removed, there may not be enough bone to place an implant. To augment this bone Dr. Vincent will lift the sinus slightly and insert bone into the space to create a good foundation for a implant.
In some cases a patient's ridge has been deteriorated or reabsorbed and a bone graft can be placed to widen or add height. These bone grafted materials will need to be matured before an implant can be placed.