Some patients do not have sufficient bone density to support Dental Implants. In this situation, Dr. St.Germain may recommend a bone graft in the jaw. For a bone graft, bone tissue is placed into the area that needs additional support. Grafted bone can come from the patient’s body or a tissue bank. Bone growth stimulant speeds the natural process of bone tissue integrating with the graft.
One type of bone graft for dental implants is a sinus lift, in which bone is added to the upper jaw, near molars. Increasing bone density improves potential for success with dental implants. Once a bone graft is placed, Dr. St.Germain monitors healing, then re-evaluates the patients candidacy for dental implant surgery.