Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to 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 aesthetic appearance around natural teeth.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. Dr. Dubravec uses synthetic bone, which gives great results. Sometime your own bone may be used and taken from the jaw. Sinus bone grafts (sinus lifts) are usually performed to replace bone in the upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized under the gum to protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. These membranes may or may not dissolve, depending on Dr. Dubravec‘s professional opinion to achieve the best outcome. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.