Bone & Tissue Augmentation
When someone is missing teeth for a long period of time, the particular area missing the teeth suffers atrophy. In other words the bone resorbs away and there is loss of bone. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants.
Tissue loss can follow bone loss. This can lead to tooth sensitivity, inflammation, decay and/or bacteria traps. Many of these conditions also cause unattractive esthetic outcomes.
In these situations, most patients are not candidates for dental implant placement. Today, we have the ability to re-grow bone back where needed. With being able to grow bone back, we can not only then place dental implants where needed, but can restore people to proper form, function, and esthetics.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. This bone is either obtained from a tissue bank, or the patients own bone can be obtained from the jaw, or hip.
Soft-tissue grafting is used to regenerate lost gum tissue for teeth and /or implant reconstruction. These procedures are especially important in creating beautiful esthetic smiles but at the same time obtaining stable long-term functional result.
Sinus Lift Bone Grafting is a procedure that builds up bone in the posterior upper jaw prior when there is inadequate bone height for dental implant placement. The sinus membrane is elevated, creating an area where bone graft materials are placed in order to regrow bone. Implants can be placed either simultaneously with the sinus bone graft or several months later depending on the amount of existing bone available.