Am I a candidate for dental implants? What if I don’t have enough bone?
(Bone grafting, and intraosseous sinus lift.)
When considering dental implants, the most important factor concerning placement, is bone. Inadequate bone could jeopardize the implant procedure or even eliminate the option all together. Here at Dental Associates of Easley, we offer bone grafting for proper foundation and treatment success. Bone grafting is done to restore bone as closely to its previous state prior to tooth loss, trauma or periodontal disease. Bone grafting can also be done to maintain facial structure after an extraction. Grafts provide a framework where bone is missing to start the rebuilding process. Over time, cells will remodel the bone grafting material into healthy functioning bone. In some cases, an intraosseous sinus lift is necessary for implant placement on the top arch. This can occur if the sinus is too low, or bone height isn’t sufficient. An intraosseous sinus lift is where the sinus membrane is tented with a blunt instrument called an osteotome to lift slightly. After the membrane is tented, bone grafting material is placed to create space between the implant and membrane of the sinus to allow bone to form. This is a non-invasive procedure, used to grow vertical bone.