Hard Tissue Grafting
When teeth are missing for extensive periods of time, bone collapses and results in a ridge deformity or concavity. During evaluation for dental implants, a 3-dimensional CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) radiograph is obtained. This 3-D radiograph allows Dr. Frost to measure the bone available and identify important vital structures, which are both crucial pieces of information for safe predictable treatment outcomes.
If a toothless site has a significant concavity, a hard tissue bone grafting procedure can increase the bone dimensions to allow for implant placement. These bone grafts typically need to heal for three to five months before implant placement. At times, a 3-D CBCT scan may also be needed following grafting.
During implant placement, a 2nd bone graft is sometimes needed provide adequate bony dimensions encircling the dental implant. Stable and adequate bone around your dental implant gives the best chance for long term favorable results.