Bone Grafting

RANDALL R. GORDON, DDS, MS

 

PERIODONTICS &

DENTAL IMPLANTS

 1420 South Mills Avenue, Suite G, Lodi, CA 95242

Phone: 209.367.1484  Fax:  209.366.0998

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Randall R. Gordon, DDS, MS  - Practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants

1420 S. Mills Ave., Ste. G, Lodi, CA 95242 • Phone: (209) 367-1484 • Fax: (209) 366-0998

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Dental Implants

Bone Grafting

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 esthetic appearance.

In the event that bone loss is too advanced for placement of a dental implant, Dr. Gordon may recommend bone grafting to grow additional bone support prior to dental implant placement.  

For the upper molar areas, a sinus lift or graft may be indicated if the maxillary sinus is too low to place an adequate length implant.  If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus grafting and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the sinus grafting will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for several months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.

Following either bone or sinus grafting, a healing period of 4-9 months is required prior to placement of the dental implant.

Before: Ridge collapse on a front tooth after tooth extracted without ridge preservation.

After: Ridge widened through use of bone grafting procedures prior to implant placement.