Due to a tooth extraction, a traumatic injury or surgery for the removal of a jaw tumor or cyst, a defect in the bone of the jaw may occur. When such a defect exists, reconstruction with dental implants becomes problematic without adequate bone.
A variety of techniques are used to obtain adequate bone volume so implants can be placed into the jaws. These include particulate grafts of bone substitutes, combinations of bone substitutes and the patient’s own bone, grafts comprised solely of the patient’s own bone, and distraction osteogenesis. Many of these bone grafting procedures can be performed in the office under IV sedation.