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Bone Grafting and Sinus Procedures


As you age and lose teeth, the quality of your bone may be compromised. Bone loss around diseased teeth can occur from neighboring fractured teeth, facial trauma, periodontal (gum) disease, and infections. Compromised bone and surrounding tissue can make implant placement and denture retention challenging. In these situations, bone grafting, or rebuilding areas where bone has been lost, may be necessary to allow for better denture retention and and/or implant placement. In order to increase the success rate for implant placement and denture retention, it is essential to build-up a bony foundation in the jaw. Our doctors provide several different bone grafting options that include Ridge Augmentation, Sinus Augmentation (Sinus Lift) and Socket Preservation. Your individual condition will determine what kind of Bone Grafting is appropriate for you.

Ridge Augmentation

When a tooth is lost or removed, your gums and/or jawbone may become indented at the tooth extraction site. This void can give a very unnatural appearance to surrounding healthy tissue, and can also cause the replacement tooth to look out of place. Ridge augmentation using bone and tissue to build up the indented area can leave the jaw and gums feeling smooth, healthy and more robust to accept an implant or denture.

Sinus Augmentation

The upper jaw and sinus area are close in proximity, which can make implant placement and retention a very precise process. In addition, patients may have insufficient bone quality and quantity in the upper jaw due to reasons such as tooth extraction or periodontal (gum) disease. Our doctors routinely perform Sinus Augmentation to safeguard against complications stemming from inadequate bone and proximity to the sinus. This procedure, more commonly known as a ‘Sinus Lift,’ helps to raise the sinus floor and aid in the development of a higher quality of bone. A Sinus Augmentation can greatly increase a patients’ chances of successful implant retention.

Socket Preservation

This procedure helps to preserve bone at the extraction site immediately after a tooth has been extracted, or is recommended when the outer wall of bone is very thin. Bone from the patients’ body (autogenous) or synthetic (allograft) bone is delivered to the area where the tooth was removed, and then covered with a thin membrane. Oral antibiotics are often recommended following this procedure to lay the foundation for a healthy graft outcome.