Regenerative procedures are also used in order to place dental implants. In order to place a dental implant, the bone has to be thick enough to support it. Sometimes when the bone is too thin, we can augment the area with a bone graft in an effort to regain the bone thickness needed. This procedure involves placing the bone graft material under the gum tissue to your desired thickness.
The bone graft is sometimes mixed with growth factors to help accentuate the healing process. A membrane is then placed over the bone graft and the area is sutured to allow for undisturbed healing. Think of a membrane as a “Band-Aid” that covers the bone to help hold it in place while healing takes place. Approximately, 3-6 months later the bone will have healed enough to support the placement of a dental implant.
Dr. Quintero may need to increase the amount of bone in a particular area for proper dental implant placement once he has examined it with the aid of our in house 3D-scanner (CBCT). Recent developments in bone grafting techniques have made implant treatment possible in cases that would have been impossible just a few years ago.