Bone Augmentation

When a tooth is removed, the body’s natural response is for the bone to shrink. This can result in up to 60% loss of alveolar bone. This often leaves a situation where there is not enough bone for the placement of a dental implant. With recent advances in guided tissue regeneration, we are often able to grow bone where needed. We offer several types of grafting materials and procedures for various situations.

Caldwell Luc Sinus Lift

This traditional approach to sinus elevation is the treatment of choice for patients missing several teeth beneath a large, pneumatized sinus. This approach is ideal when a larger graft is needed. Dental implants can be placed at the same time or after a six month maturation period.

Osteotome Sinus Elevation

Less invasive than the Caldwell Luc Sinus Lift, this technique allows elevation and dilation via graft placement beneath the sinus floor. In the 1990’s, Dr. Forlano was fortunate to study directly under Dr. Stephen Summers, the innovator of this technique. Via the Osteotome Sinus Eleva-tion, longer dental implants can be inserted the same day as the elevation.

Balloon Sinus Lift

The Balloon Sinus Lift is a minimally invasive technique that gently elevates the sinus floor and allows for graft placement beneath the maxillary sinus directly through the dental implant site. Ideal for medium size grafts, the saline inflated balloon has proven to be safe and comfortable.

Crestal Core Sinus Lift

The Crestal Core Sinus Elevation is a staged approach to sinus elevation and dental implant placement. This technique involves elevating cores of the patients very own bone, and reducing the amount of grafted bone, while indirectly elevating the maxillary sinus. This site development technique provides ample bone for future dental implants.