Dental implants effectively replace teeth lost to periodontal disease, decay, or other conditions. But like natural teeth, implants rely on the support of surrounding healthy bone. When teeth are lost, the bone begins to deteriorate, reducing the likelihood of a foundation solid enough to support tooth replacement with implants. In such a case, bone grafting, or bone regeneration, is needed to increase bone quality and quantity, and regenerate jawbone health. During these procedures, our team uses a variety of simple to complex bone augmentation methods to ensure a solid base for your dental implant. Often, the bone grafting material utilized is combined with tissue-stimulating proteins (bioactive gels) to encourage your body’s natural ability to replenish and regrow bone and tissue. Choosing a Alexandria, VA, practice offering both bone grafting and implant solutions brings convenience, experience, and exceptional results to your smile.
Committed to advancing oral health through minimally invasive care, Dr. Gouldin and Dr. Carlos incorporate cutting-edge S.M.A.R.T. bone grafting technology into jaw rehabilitation. S.M.A.R.T. bone grafting is an advanced technique that uses safe, fully vetted bone grafting samples to deliver predictable results in bone regeneration. Completing the entire procedure through a small incision, our S.M.A.R.T.-certified doctors can perform bone grafting procedures with less swelling, minimal discomfort and fewer complications.
A sinus lift, or a sinus augmentation, is a type of bone grafting procedure in Alexandria, VA that improves the ability to replace upper premolar and molar teeth with dental implants. When these teeth are lost, the floor of the maxillary sinus cavity above tends to expand into the space once occupied by tooth roots. This reduces the amount of bone available to support implants. Our doctors gently raise the sinus cavity floor, adding bone tissue beneath to increase available bone height and width. In some cases, implants can be placed during a sinus lift procedure.
S.M.A.R.T Grafting – Minimally invasive technique for replacing bone
Bone loss in the arch is a common concern for many Alexandria, VA, patients. It affects oral health, appearance, and candidacy for implants, leaving indentations in the jaw and diminishing oral function. Ridge augmentation is a common bone grafting technique we perform to regenerate lost bone and create the right foundation for implant success. We use minimally invasive PIEZOSURGERY® to prepare affected areas without harming surrounding structures, and add bone tissue samples to strengthen and rebuild the bony arch. Growth factors may be incorporated into treatment sites to accelerate tissue regrowth and expedite healing. Ridge preservation is a similar bone grafting procedure, in which we add bone tissue samples directly to extraction sites, preserving the area for future implant placement.