Have you ever been told you do not have enough bone for implants?
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When a tooth is lost and not immediately replaced, the bone reacts to this event by 'shrinking away.' The bone becomes thinner from a width perspective and the bone height is frequently reduced. This process is known as bone resorption. In order to place implants, it is necessary to rebuild the bone width and height through regenerative surgical therapy. Bone grafting of the ridge is frequently required to enable ideal placement of dental implants. The grafting is completed utilizing tissue bank and/or synthetic bone particles combined with collagen or non resorbing membranes. It is a highly predictable procedure.
In the back of the upper jaw bone, dental implants are frequently needed. In order for a dental implant to be successful in this area of the mouth there must be sufficient bone height and width to connect (integrate) to the dental implant. When the upper back teeth are lost and not replaced, the sinus cavity becomes enlarged, dropping down into the space that an implant would be placed. This very large sinus is like a "giant air pocket" and not capable of supporting an implant. A procedure known as sinus grafting (sinus lift) is performed to create bone that will reposition the sinus back to its original location and ultimately support the implants. Sinus grafting is an extremely common form of bone grafting and is highly predictable.