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Bone & Sinus Grafting

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Over time, the jaw bone associated with missing teeth atrophies due to a lack of stimulation and other biologic factors. As a result, this often leaves an inadequate volume and poor quality of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants.
When performing ridge and / or a sinus augmentation procedure, Dr. Rasmussen will increase the volume and quality of bone present to allow for proper implant placement.

Ridge Augmentation

Following a tooth extraction or loss of a tooth, the jawbone will lose up to 60% of its volume in the first six months. Without stimulation of the bone from a tooth or dental implant, the atrophy (shrinkage) of bone will progress indefinitely.
Ridge augmentation is a surgical method, including several different techniques, used to restore the natural volume of jawbone to allow the placement of dental implants.
Prior to performing ridge augmentation, Dr. Rasmussen will conduct a detailed medical, clinical and radiographic evaluation. A 3D come beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan will be taken to assess the localized anatomy and extent / severity of the bone defect. This will dictate which technique and graft option Dr. Rasmussen will recommend. He will always choose the most minimally invasive option available that will predictably achieve the ideal result.
During a ridge augmentation procedure, Dr. Rasmussen will place grafting material and membrane between the bone defect and surrounding gum tissue. In many cases, growth factors and bioactive modifiers can be used as well. Upon full healing and maturation of the graft, the jawbone will have enough volume and density to support dental implants.
The two 3D images to the right are examples of advanced and complex ridge augmentation. In the top image, the purple line illustrates the increase in horizontal bone width necessary for proper implant placement.
In the bottom image, the yellow line shows the large increase in vertical bone height achieved to be able to place an implant in the posterior mandible.

Sinus Augmentation

A sinus augmentation (sinus lift) is necessary when there is insufficient bone height in the upper jaw to support dental implants. Anatomically, there are air-filled cavities called maxillary sinuses located above the posterior teeth in the upper jaw. Due to genetics and sometimes a natural process called pneumatization, patients that have lost their upper posterior teeth do not have adequate bone for the anchorage of dental implants.
In instances where a smaller increase in bone height is needed, a minimally invasive procedure called a crestal (internal) sinus lift can be performed at the time of implant placement. If a larger increase in volume and height of bone is necessary, a lateral window sinus augmentation approach will be indicated. In most cases, an implant can be placed at the same time of the sinus augmentation.
Prior to performing a sinus lift procedure, Dr. Rasmussen will conduct a thorough medical, clinical and radiographic evaluation. A 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan will be taken so that Dr. Rasmussen can assess the health and anatomy of the sinus(es).
During a sinus augmentation procedure Dr. Rasmussen will make a small incision in the gums, which will allow him to make a small opening (window) in the bone to access the sinus membrane. The membrane is gently lifted using special instrumentation and the bone graft is placed in the opened space, after which the area is sutured closed.
Although the sinus augmentation procedure is very predictable and comfortable to undergo, it should only be performed by a highly skilled surgeon with advanced training such as Dr. Rasmussen.
In the before 3D image (top right), only 1mm of bone height is noted in the right maxillary sinus. The 3D image taken after (bottom right) sinus augmentation and implant placement shows the bone height to be approximately 13mm. This large increase in bone volume and quality allows for the placement, long-term stability and health of a dental implant.

Patient Feedback

"My wife had to have ossesous surgery for significant bone loss in her gums. This was quite an uncomfortable surgery for her but Dr Rasmussen went above and beyond. Answered all of her questions after surgery. He gave great care! All the staff here are friendly and so helpful. My wife is healing well and is so thankful she had this surgery with Dr Rasmussen."
J Clement
"Everyone in this office are a pleasure to deal with. Very professional and caring. They take the time to explain every step. Dr. Rasmussen is excellent. He as well explains everything in detail of why and how things should be done as well as detailed follow ups. Had 4 teeth extracted and bone grafting done. I was amazed how quick and painless the procedure was. I would highly recommend him and this office for all your Periodontal needs."
Kyle Peterson
"Outstanding work doc; and great staff! Really at set me at ease about scary things like bone grafts. He said I would heal in two weeks, in time for my daughter’s wedding…and I did! Highly recommended!"
Lourdes Ramos

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