Dental Bone Grafts
With a dental bone graft procedure, Dr. Troutman takes bone from another area of the body, like the chin, or from a bone bank, and transplants it to the chin. The donor bone is secured to the existing bone with titanium screws and will integrate over time, forging a solid bond and an increased bone density. This procedure is also incorporated into a sinus lift.
Your bone deteriorates at the site of a lost or extracted tooth. This can significantly alter the shape of the empty socket. It also impacts the contour of the gum tissue that stretches across the socket. Your gum tissue can dimple in at the hollow point, which mars the appearance of your gum tissue and can cause discomfort if you wear dentures. Dr. Troutman can add dental bone grafting material to the socket after this has occurred, known as ridge augmentation, or preemptively administer dental bone grafting material when a tooth is extracted in order to preserve bone health, which is ridge preservation.
Sinus Lifts and Augmentation
The sinus membrane is positioned above your upper back teeth. When bone is lost in this area, the membrane can sag and shift to adjust to the newly vacated space. A sinus lift and augmentation are recommended. With this procedure, Dr. Troutman will lift the position of the sinus membrane and place dental bone grafts underneath to help the membrane maintain its position.