Bone regeneration helps replace lost bone that infection, tumors, trauma, tooth extraction, a partial denture or a full denture have caused to get worse. Over time, without bone regeneration and/or dental implant placement, the bone loss continues. (See Story of Progressive Bone Loss under the Patient Info tab). Having placed dental implants since 1985, and having my Master’s degree in Bone Regeneration, I can comfortably say, I have tried most, if not all the commonly used techniques.
Currently there is a shift away from bone regeneration, mostly to decrease patient costs. I embrace these changes yet frequently see either minor or major compromises that usually create long term problems, which result from not replacing the lost bone. I routinely use both techniques, treating patients with and without bone regeneration to provide “most predictable” or “adequate” solutions to replace missing teeth. Many of the immediate teeth patients (see that section) have had little to no bone regeneration.
Although the following sections discuss many of the techniques we use, I haven’t added bone expansion/ bone spreading nor distraction osteogenesis. The former I use routinely and the later I have used very little due to the problems, time, expense and repeated surgeries associated with the distraction osteogenesis.
Although this section on Bone Regeneration covers most of the situations you might have and procedures I recommend, note that the scions under growth factors and sinus bone regeneration as well as new technology may be areas that you want to understand.
The easiest thing to do is to come in, let us know what you want, desire, what your concerns are, how much time, cost, and number of procedures matter and then we can customize a plan to fit you. We pride ourselves in fitting our plan to your wants and dental needs.