Bone Grafting & Sinus Lift

Bone Grafting & Sinus Lift in El Cajon, CA

Replacing missing bone or adding to existing bone is very often essential to the success of a dental implant and the ensuing restoration. Loss of bone volume is a result of gum disease, infection or trauma. Bone loss also occurs when teeth are missing.

When there is insufficient bone to surround and anchor the dental implant, bone grafting augments the existing bone in the jaw. It’s also called bone reconstruction since the jaw is being rehabilitated to its ideal state.

We will evaluate the bone integrity and density of your jaw to determine if you’ll need bone grafting. Bone grafting is performed on-site in our facilities. Usually bone grafting can be done at the same time the implant is placed.

Experts in Bone Grafting
How Bone Grafting works

Through advanced grafting techniques we can increase the height of bone and the width of bone. We can even use grafting techniques to prevent the loss of bone in cases where bone would usually be lost, such in the extraction of a tooth.

Bone material is grafted into the jawbone to stimulate the jawbone into making its own new bone. The grafted material resorbs, or shrinks, into the body as the jawbone produces healthy, new bone.

Most bone grafts are minor procedures which can be done under local anesthesia. Usually the bone graft and implant placement can be performed in the same visit. Otherwise, the bone graft is left to heal and then the implant is placed.

A bone graft may be needed to ensure successful implant placement.
A sinus lift is needed here to provide room to place an implant.
Bone is grafted which lifts the sinus and makes room for the implant.
Sinus lifts

When there isn’t enough bone in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed, a sinus lift is performed. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or “lifted”. Our implant team is very well-trained and experienced in performing sinus lifts.

A sinus lift is a dental surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw and is sometimes called a sinus augmentation. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane must be moved upward, or “lifted.”