Jaw bone atrophy due to missing teeth may make dental implants appear unobtainable to many people as a tooth replacement. However, through our innovative grafting techniques, we can qualify our patients for implants by restoring the necessary volume and density to the jaw bone. As an oral surgeon with a master’s degree in bone grafting, Dr. Christian Loetscher is uniquely advantaged and highly skilled in bone grafting. He one of the first surgeons in the state to use innovative techniques involving tissue engineering with bone morphogenetic protein (BMP). Some people have what Dr. Loetscher calls an “eggshell upper jaw”, and even with this thin bone, it can be reconstructed with bone and implants – either via tissue engineering or utilizing a patient’s own bone – sometimes from their hip. All our bone grafting procedures, sometimes involving extensive bone loss or defect due to missing teeth, disease, or injury, can be accomplished in our state-of-the-art practice conveniently located in Alpharetta, GA. With the proper bone structure in place, our surgical team is equipped to place any number of implants, from single tooth replacement to a full arch of teeth.
What is dental Bone graft
tHE rEASON FOR bONE gRAFTING
Replacing bone critical for implant placement
Rebuilding natural contours to the jaw ridge
Restoring structural integrity of the jaw bone
Preserving more youthful facial aesthetics
Our Advanced Bone Grafting Procedures
We can make dental implants a reality for you by completing one of these procedures, based on your specific needs:
If you have one or more missing teeth, the bone at the site of loss will atrophy, or resorb, losing both height and volume. Bone grafting involves taking bone material from a part of the body or via tissue engineering and using it to build up the proper bone volume back to the jaw so that dental implants can be placed.
If you have lost teeth in the upper back portion of your jaw, you may experience the sinus sinking as the bone shrinks. A sinus lift places bone graft material underneath the sinus cavity in order to build up the proper bone volume needed to stabilize your dental implants.
If you have suffered severe jaw bone loss you may need more complex measures to restore proper bone levels. A ridge augmentation uses bone grafts to fill out and rebuild the natural contours of your jaw. A smooth jawline improves dental implant placement and ensures their stability long-term.
In areas where a bone graft is needed, we can place bone morphogenic protein (BMP) into the site. BMP will draw in stem cells, encouraging the patient’s own body to grow bone at the surgical site. When utilizing autogenous bone (the patient’s own bone) or BMP, these procedures have a success rate of 98 percent or higher.
Our Patients Tell The Story Best
Full arch Implants After Teeth Extraction and Bone Grafting
"My full arch dental implants helped me regain my health and happiness"