Bone Grafts/Sinus Lifts
What is bone grafting?
When is a bone graft suggested?
To save existing teeth. Bone grafting adds support to teeth that have lost their alveolar bone due to severe periodontal disease.
Extraction. Extraction causes bone loss, so bone grafting can be done to maintain bone and gum height. This is especially important when utilizing an implant or other prosthesis.
Aesthetic/cosmetic procedures. Bone grafting can be utilized to improve harmony between gum tissue and teeth. This procedure can create a beautiful smile or enhance an existing one.
We recommend Invisalign for anyone over the age of 15. Many teenagers worry about wearing braces, but Invisalign offers a great alternative fix. Since Invisalign requires constant wear 24 hours a day, children shouldn’t use Invisalign until they are old enough to understand the process and keep the aligners in for long periods of time.
Remember, Invisalign only works if you wear the aligners every single day and night.
Common sources for bone grafting are:
Bone from another site on the same patient
Bone from an animal
Bone from a cadaver