When needing a tooth extraction, you are probably uncertain of what comes next. Do you replace the area with an implant or do nothing? These decisions have many factors involved. Whatever your decision, placing a bone graft at the time of your extraction will always be a good decision. The lack of stimulation on our jaw from missing teeth creates a major impact causing inadequate bone growth. Resorption of bone in both height and width occurs and over time weakens the jaw and affects the health of neighboring teeth. When restoring an area with a dental implant, those implants need good adequate bone to be successful. Some of the bone grafting techniques also include sinus lifts or ridge augmentation. With properly restored bone, we can ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Sometimes patients have experienced such extensive bone loss in the upper jaw, they do not qualify for dental implants or bone grafting. In these cases, Dr. Matthew Epstein may recommend zygomatic dental implants, which anchor to the cheekbones instead of the upper jaw bone. Zygomatic implants are currently the best alternative to bone grafting and sinus augmentation, and are effectively used alongside traditional implants to restore a full arch of teeth in the upper jaw. If you have been told that you do not qualify for dental implants, we invite you to speak with Dr. Epstein about one of the innovative solutions we offer at our office.
We are experts at diagnosing and treating defects in the jaw bone due to missing teeth, disease, or trauma. Though bone grafting is a surgical process, we are meticulous about ensuring your safety and comfort through minimally invasive techniques and custom sedation options. Using a tissue bank or your own bone, we reconstruct proper bone height and volume by placing bone grafts at the site of resorption. When healed and osseointegrated, your new bone will be strong enough to support the necessary number of dental implants.
Placing the proper type and amount of bone to an area that has severely decreased in height and width. Achieving the natural and original contour of your jaw bone.
In this procedure, a small incision is made to access the sinus lining. Bone graft material is then gently placed under the sinus lining to lift it up and increase vertical height.