Over time, bone volume at the site of missing teeth will diminish. Frequently, this results in a lack of adequate bone for implant placement. Current technology allows bone to be regrown in order to place implants in the best position for aesthetics and function. Dr. Puckett utilizes a number of grafting techniques based upon the needs of your case. Grafting options and specific details are discussed during the consultation appointment. Grafting procedures routinely performed include:
- Socket preservation – addition of bone to an extraction site to preserve bone volume. Addition of grafting material to an extraction site will reduce the rate of natural bone shrinkage once a tooth is removed. This procedure will help prepare the site for an implant.
- Sinus grafting – addition of bone adjacent to the sinus to regenerate bone for implant placement. At times, with the removal of upper molars, additional bone height is needed to plan for an implant. Dr. Puckett has been utilizing a minor bone grafting technique for many years to increase the bone height through the extraction site – osteotome sinus grafting. Performing the graft at the time of tooth removal routinely prevents to need for additional grafting when the implant is placed. This saves our patients additional discomfort and minimizes cost. At times we need to regenerate a significant amount of bone for implant placement at upper posterior teeth sites.
- Ridge augmentation – addition of bone in an area of the jaws when bone volume has diminished. Bone loss can occur in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. At the time of evaluation, Dr. Puckett will perform an oral examination and obtain a 3-D CT, and combine all of the information to determine the sites and extent of bone volume loss. At that time an appropriate plan can be formulated to restore your teeth and function.