Bone Grafting in Preparation for Dental Implants

When bone grafting is specifically designed to fortify your jawbone structure for dental implant placement, the procedure is often considered either dental ridge or sinus augmentation. The lower jawbone, or dental ridge, is typically more dense, and grafting it to fortify it is often a straightforward procedure. By contrast, the upper jawbone is layered by the floor of your sinus, and sinus augmentation to fortify it can be a more complex procedure. In the process of rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, and the jawbone erosion that often follows it, dental ridge or sinus augmentation can be an essential first step.

The difference between ridge and sinus augmentation

The goals of both dental ridge and sinus augmentation surgeries are equal – to strengthen the bone structure by grafting donor bone or grafting material to weakened areas of its structure. The difference lies in what’s necessary to complete each procedure successfully. While ridge augmentation is often a straightforward bone grafting procedure, sinus augmentation requires first lifting the floor of the sinuses to provide adequate room for the donor grafting material. The extensiveness of both procedures depends on the severity of the bone erosion, though we’ll work closely with you to design a treatment plan that’s both minimally invasive and personally designed to meet your dental health needs and preferences.

Learn more about ridge/sinus augmentation

With dental ridge or sinus augmentation surgery, we can help better prepare you to receive the dental implants you need to fully restore your smile. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with us, call the office of Dr. Stuart Dexter in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-362-8200.