Bone Grafting and Implants

One of the central premises of Periodontics, Orthodontics and Implants is a solid understanding of bone physiology. Most people think bone is like cement or like a rock. It is not. Bone is a living tissue that is always tearing itself down and building itself up brand new.

Another premise as it relates to implants is “No bone, no implant” meaning if there is insufficient bone you cannot place an implant. Using knowledge of bone physiology we can re-grow bone where it has been lost. Once the bone graft has been placed, the patient’s body will tear down the bone graft and replace it with all natural bone.

Where does the bone come from? Most of the bone graft material we use comes from a bottle. We get it from donor banks and the American Red Cross. The bone is thoroughly sterilized through a variety of acid bath washes, detergent washes, deep freezing and even irradiation. Over the years there have been millions of bone grafts placed and not one case of disease transmission has ever been reported! At times we will also use bone from animal sources (cow, pig) because across the animal spectrum the molecular structure of bone is the same.

There are four main types of bone grafting that take place around implants:

socket preservation Socket Preservation ridge Ridge Augmentation
block grafting Block Grafting sinus Sinus Grafting

PATIENT REVIEWS

Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014

 

Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.

Robert A.
Jun 29, 2014

 

Dr. Engen and staff were excellent. Very efficient and told me exactly what to expect.