The purpose of this procedure is to re-establish bone dimension, which was lost due to bone resorbtion. In many instances, a potential implant site does not offer enough bone volume or quantity to accommodate a dental implant of proper size. This is usually a result of bone loss that has taken place as teeth were lost or extracted.
After a local anesthetic has numbed the area, we reflect the gum to expose the bone area where the graft is needed. We place the graft material in the area where bone loss has occurred. Sometimes we use bone, pins and/or a regeneration barrier to cover the graft material to further aid in its retention and healing, and finally we suture the gum. When bone healing has occurred, we can plan the implant treatment.