Bone Reconstruction Summary
When a tooth has been previously removed or lost due to disease, the surrounding bone may rapidly diminish to some extent, thus decreasing the volume of bone available for a dental implant. There are two primary ways to rebuild bone: Sinus Augmentation and Ridge Modification.
Sinus Augmentation: As we age, the air spaces – called sinuses – in our upper jaw expand downward. A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. Bone grafting of the sinus can reverse the effects of aging by rebuilding any missing bone. This allows for dental implant placement to replace missing upper back teeth.
Ridge Modification: Deformities of the jaws occur due to infection, trauma, and tooth loss. These can result in inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct this problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bone. The area is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build back the volume of bone.
Like any structure, dentistry requires a solid foundation to function well, look nice, and be durable. Bone reconstruction may be necessary to create the foundation to support your new teeth. Success is measured not only by how you like the final result, but also by giving you comfort and function for years to come.