In this section, are stories and photo galleries of patients treated over the years who required bone grafting for dental implants. Long term success of implants depends on a proper foundation and form of the supporting bone. All of the patients in these stories were treated by Dr. Kazemi in collaboration with restoring dentists.
Extraction Site Grafting:
Following any tooth extraction, the bone undergoes remodeling and shrinkage. This bone loss can create unsightly defects as well as make it difficult to place an implant. Extraction site grafting is done at the time of tooth extraction and prevents bone loss. It also regenerates bone where it may already be missing from an infection.
Grafting to Increase Width:
Patients who use dentures or did not receive bone grafting at the time of a tooth extraction can lose a significant amount of bone width. Implant success requires adequate thickness of bone for proper support, hygiene, and implant longevity. Bone grafting and other regeneration techniques can predictably restore bony defects and make an implant possible.
Sinus Graft to Increase Height:
There may be inadequate height of bone for implants in the back of the upper jaw due to the position of the maxillary sinus. The sinus lift bone graft is a predictable procedure that allows placement of the proper length implants that are important for long term success.
Whether due to trauma or bone resorption from dentures, loss of bone height can create poor aesthetics and make implant placement difficult, if not impossible. Distraction osteogenesis allows regeneration of bone in the vertical dimension. Dr. Kazemi has performed these procedures successfully on many patients.
When there is bone or gum tissue deficiency in the smile zone, a soft tissue gingival graft may be recommended. This augments soft tissue form and creates more natural gum tissue line and aesthetics. Gingival grafting can also be used to treat recessions or areas with lack of attached gingiva.