Bone Grafting

Although dental implants can often be placed without an issue, sometimes the jawbone does not have an adequate amount of structure for implant placement due to tooth loss, infection, gum disease, or previous injury. In these instances, augmenting the area with a bone graft is the best solution to regenerate the missing bone and allow for placement of the implant.

Dr. Day and Dr. Kim have the experience and advanced technology to predictably regenerate the needed bony structures of your jaws and face. Bone grafting is not only functional, but it also enhances the aesthetic appearance of the jaw. The bone used in these procedures can either come from a purified tissue bank or be transpanted from other accessible areas of your own body.

This transparent view of the gums shows bone loss. The surgeon gently opens the area. He then fills it with bone grafting material.
A patch is placed to hold the material in. The surgeon then closes the area and lets it heal. The bone grafting material will integrate with the bone and the gum will also return to normal.

 

Sinus Graft

When teeth from the upper posterior jaws are removed, a large air cavity called the maxillary sinus located which lies just above the teeth may begin enlarge and expand downwards towards the oral cavity. This may create a lack of bony structure for the placement of dental implants in this part of the jaw. 

To solve this problem, Dr. Day and Dr. Kim may use advanced grafting techniques such a sinus lift procedure to augment the area.  In this procedure, our surgeons would release the tissue and create a window into the sinus cavity from its side. The sinus membrane can then be lifted upward and bone graft is inserted into the floor of the sinus.  After several months of healing, the inserted bone becomes part of the patient's jaw and dental implants can then be placed and integrated into this new bony tissue.