Bone and Sinus Grafting for Implants Caldwell NJ

Do I Have Enough Bone?

After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they may fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, this is not predictable. When the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), the bone typically resorbs. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.

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

There may be inadequate bone for implant placement if your tooth was removed many years ago and your bony ridge is extremely thin. In this case, a bone graft can be placed next to the thin bone and allowed to heal for four to six months. After the graft has fused to your pre-existing bone, the ridge will be re-entered and the implant placed. Bone grafting is an extremely common in-office procedure for Dr. Kirsch and and Dr. Jacobs. Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.

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

You may also need bone grafting if the sinus cavities in your upper jaw are very large, or very low, and extend into the tooth-bearing areas. This often occurs when teeth in the back of a person’s upper jaw were diseased or removed many years before, and the amount of bone available for implant placement is limited. A “sinus grafting procedure” is then required. It is performed in the office most often with local anesthesia and perhaps sedation. During this procedure, the membrane that lines the sinus will be located and elevated. Bone will then be added to restore the bone height and ensure that dental implants of an adequate length can be placed. In many cases, this procedure can be performed at the time of implant placement.

Learn More About Bone Grafting For Implants

For any questions or to schedule an appointment, call NJ Center for Oral Surgery Phone Number 973-226-8444 today!