Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts in Boca Raton
When severe gum disease has been left untreated, or where teeth have been left unreplaced, the underlying bone structure undergoes atrophy—a wasting away. In cases where such bone loss has occurred, the jaw structure may not be sufficient to support a dental implant right away. Bone grafting allows patients who were previously considered ineligible for dental implants because of diminished bone to be able to enjoy the many benefits implants provide.
Our doctors use high-tech diagnostic equipment to determine if a bone graft or sinus lift is needed as part of dental implant treatment.
Skilled Bone Grafting
To perform a bone graft, the doctor fills in the area needing augmentation with organic or bio-friendly synthetic bone material. This thickens and strengthens the atrophied bone structure, providing a sturdy base for an implant.
Our doctors also use plasma that is rich in growth factors as part of the bone grafting to promote bone growth, aid the material in integrating with your existing bone faster and speed your healing time.
When performing a bone graft, our doctors use a local anesthesia along with comfortable injection techniques. Once the graft is fully healed, it becomes part of your bone structure and you now have a healthy thickness of bone that is strong enough to provide support for an implant.
The doctor will explain what he sees in your X-rays and can let you know if bone grafting or a sinus lift is needed.
A sinus lift is a similar procedure to a bone graft but is done specifically in the upper jaw where the person has an enlarged sinus cavity that may be compromised by the placing of an implant.
When a sinus lift is found to be necessary, our doctors carefully lift the membrane that separates the sinus cavity from the upper jaw. Bone graft material, usually several millimeters in thickness, is then packed into the space where the sinus cavity was. During healing, the graft material fuses with your existing bone, creating a strong foundation for the implant.
A sinus lift is done to move the sinus up and add bone grafting material so there is sufficient bone to place the implant.