Dr Patterson is able to perform augmentation procedures in order to facilitate the placement of implants. In some cases, there is not enough healthy bone to support dental implants, in which case there are various procedures that can be conducted. Insufficient bone can be caused by a number of factors, including gum disease, developmental defects, dental cavities, infections and injuries.
Bone augmentation procedures work by building bone so that dental implants can be placed in a way that is stable and long-lasting. In most cases, bone or tissue graft materials are used, which can involve taking bone from elsewhere in the body, or using synthetic bone material. Once the graft has been placed, it typically takes a few months for the new material to integrate sufficiently with the existing bone as it takes time for the cells to grow and fuse together.
There are a number of bone and tissue augmentation procedures available, and Dr Patterson will advise you as to whether one of them is suited to your specific situation, such as the type and size of the implant, as well the location in which it will be placed. Some of the most common techniques include: