Most of the time implantation is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes. In other cases, during 3D planning we are faced with bone loss in the area where it would be optimal to place the implants.
It is our belief that there is no case that can’t be solved by dental implant and fixed restoration.
Depending on which area the implant is to be placed, there are different ways of bone restitution:
- Sinus lift
The most frequently applied bone grafting procedure. In the molar area of the upper jaw, bone shrinkage is very frequent. If the vertical bone height is less than 7 mm, we lift up the sinus membrane carefully through a little window, and fill up the area with bone graft material (Bio-Oss, Geistlich), and cover the area with collagen membrane (Lyoplant, B. Braun).
- Horizontal bone grafting
If the bone width is not appropriate where the implant is planned, we usually use autogenous bone mixed with Bio-Oss graft material (Geistlich) covered by collagen membrane.
- Vertical bone grafting
If the bone height is not sufficient to place the implant in the area, we use at least 60% autogenous bone mixed with Bio-Oss graft material (Geistlich) covered by Cytoplast PTFE membrane (Osteogenics). After such a procedure, the healing time varies from 6 to 12 months.
X-ray before and after sinus lift and implantation in upper right quadrant