Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
When severe gum disease has been left untreated, or where teeth have been missing, 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.
Dr. Radu uses high-tech diagnostic equipment to determine the need for a bone graft or sinus lift as part of dental implant treatment. If needed, he uses bone augmentation to prepare the jaw for a dental implant.
Dr. Radu has over 25 years of experience placing and restoring dental implants and practicing bone grafting techniques. Bone grafting is a significant breakthrough in dental implant technology. Dr. Radu uses this procedure to help patients who were previously considered ineligible for dental implants because of diminished bone.
Competent Bone Grafting
To perform a bone graft, Dr. Radu fills in the area needing augmentation with organic or bio-friendly synthetic bone material. This thickens and strengthens the atrophied bone structure. In other words, it provides a sturdy base in which to insert the titanium post that replaces your tooth root.
Dr. Radu and his team also utilize plasma that is rich in growth factors as part of the bone graft, to promote bone growth and speed healing time. This helps the material integrate with your existing bone.
When performing a bone graft, Dr. Radu uses a local anesthesia along with pain-free injection techniques. He ensures that you stay comfortable and reassured. 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.
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, Dr. Radu carefully lifts 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.561.220.0454