A dental bone graft is necessary when a patient has lost a significant amount of bone from gum disease or other health issues. If you are getting dental implants, you need to have a certain level of bone available to accommodate for implant placement. Dr. Khalid may perform a dental bone graft using the autogenous, allograft, or xenograft technique. Autogenous grafts involve transplanting bone from one area of the patient’s body. Allografts use donor grafts from a bone bank. Xenografts typically come from a nonhuman donor source.
If the bone or gums start to recede or shift after a tooth has been removed or lost, you may need to undergo a ridge augmentation or preservation procedure. Ridge augmentation is performed to recreate the natural contour of the gums after a tooth is missing. A ridge preservation procedure preserves bone tissue after tooth loss so that the bone and soft tissue do not collapse into the sockets.
Also known as a sinus augmentation procedure, the sinus lift works to create additional bone in the area where bone loss has occurred and the sinuses have expanded to occupy the empty space. If you have missing teeth in the upper area of the jaw and are getting dental implants, Dr. Khalid may recommend a sinus augmentation to ensure optimal results with dental implants.