Bone Sets the Tone
Bone grafting is sometimes necessary when a patient has an inadequate amount of bone to support an implant. Often times when an immediate implant is placed at the time of extraction, there is bone grafting to obtain optimal bone healing. In the upper molar region it is common to have inadequate bone below the sinus. In certain cases, a bone graft can be done at the time of placement and the bone placed up into the sinus through the hole that was drilled for the implant. This is called a sinus lift. In other cases where there is less remaining healthy bone, a separate surgery is done to open up the sinus and place a bone graft in for healing. Some bone grafting is done in conjunction with the Platelet Rich Fibrin where bone is mixed with the fibrin clot that is obtained from the patient’s blood. More extensive cases of bone grafting are often referred to an Oral Surgeon where IV anesthesia can be used.