Bone Grafting for Implants

When teeth are lost, the underlying jawbone atrophies and over time, significant resorption can occur. This often leaves a condition in which there is inadequate quality and quantity of bone for placement of dental implants. In these situations, augmentation in the form of bone grafting is necessary prior to dental implant placement to account for the lost bone volume. This allows patients who were not previously candidates for implant therapy to have dental implants. The procedure 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.

An example of a jaw with inadequate front bone structure to support an implant
1. Inadequate Bone
A depiction of the placed bone grafting material to increase the bone structure
2. Graft Material Placed
A representation of dental implants placed after bone grafting
3. Implants Placed

Bone grafting can also repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or trauma. There are multiple sources for bone replacement grafts. Sinus bone grafts are also sometimes necessary to replace missing bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft and facilitate bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.

A jaw lacking enough bone in the back of the mouth for a dental implant
1. Inadequate Bone
An example of a dental implant after adding jaw structure with bone grafting
2. Graft Material and Implant Placed

The doctors at Sarasota Periodontal Associates use the latest technology and techniques available in the field to perform these procedures efficiently to ensure remarkable results with minimal discomfort for the patient.