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Over a period of time, the jaw bone and soft tissues associated with missing teeth atrophy or are resorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone and tissue suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
We now have the ability to replace bone and tissue 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 form, function and aesthetics. Often, at the time of a tooth extraction, grafting may be suggested to minimize future bone and tissue loss, provide a stable foundation for future implant placement, and to prevent unnatural appearances. The doctors will guide your care on a case-by-case basis.
Bone Grafting Procedure
Not only can we place, but we can 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 onto the sinus floor, allowing implants to be placed in the back part of the upper jaw.
Ridge-augmentation In severe cases the ridge has been reabsorbed and a bone graft is placed to increase the ridge height and/or width.
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