If you are considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, you may first require bone grafts. When tooth loss occurs, a lack of stimulation from tooth roots causes the jaw bone to resorb and shrink in both height and width. This weak bone won’t be strong enough to support the dental implant post and will need to be rebuilt to a healthy level through bone grafting techniques. We are highly skilled in these procedures, which may include sinus lifts and ridge augmentations. These are a routine part of dental implant treatment for most of our Seattle, WA patients. With the bone properly restored to your jaw ridge our oral surgeons can ensure your candidacy for permanent tooth replacement with dental implants.
What is bone grafting?
Zygomatic Implants: The Graft-less Solution
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.
Our Innovative Bone Grafting Techniques
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 bone graft material along a jaw ridge that has lost height and width to reestablish the natural contours and strength of the bone.
Placing bone graft material beneath the sinus cavity to lift the membrane so that proper bone height is established before placing a dental implant.