Bone Regeneration, Bone Grafting
Today, Bone Grafting procedures have become almost an integral part of Implant Reconstruction. In many instances, a potential implant site in the upper or lower jaw does not offer enough bone volume or quantity to accommodate a root form implant of proper size or in the proper place. This is usually a result of bone resorption that has taken place since one or more teeth were lost. Bone Grafting procedures usually try to re-establish bone dimension, which was lost due to resorption. Since we now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance. The bone graft procedures are referred to as:
Sinus Lift Procedure
This procedure involves elevating the sinus membrane and placing the bone graft into the space or void created above the sinus floor. The new foundation established can now allow implants to be placed in the back part of the upper jaw.
In severe cases the ridge has been reabsorbed and a bone graft is placed to increase the ridge height and/or width.