When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone often is often affected over time. Patients without enough jaw bone mass are not candidates for dental implants. Bone grafting is often performed to reverse bone loss or enhance existing bone, allowing for the placement of dental implants after the bone graft has healed and creating the necessary foundation for the implants. Healing time prior to the placement of the implants is generally between 4 – 6 months, though it can sometimes take longer.
A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, is performed to increase the amount of bone structure in the jawbone. This surgery is usually performed for the purpose of supporting a dental implant, which can be placed once the bone has healed and has sufficient density and volume to support the implants.
Socket preservation is a procedure to help reduce bone loss or provide a dependable foundation for restorative treatments such as dental implants, crowns, or bridges. Typically performed on the same day as tooth extraction, bone grafting material or bone growth enhancing elements are introduced to prevent resorption of bone and to stimulate your body’s own natural capacity to regenerate bone.