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What if there is not adequate bone for dental implants?

January 23, 2017

Referred to as ridge augmentation, this surgical procedure involves augmenting the host bone before implants are placed. During this procedure, bone or bone substitutes are added where needed to ensure a proper foundation for implants. Depending on the extent of bone augmentation required, the healing may take up to nine months before placing implants. Patients missing teeth in the upper back jaw may require a sinus augmentation procedure, also known as a sinus lift. This procedure involves raising the sinus floor to create room for new bone to grow in preparation for dental implants. Similar to the ridge augmentation procedure, several months are needed for healing to occur before implants are placed.