Bone augmentation is a term used to describe various procedures utilized to "build" bone, allowing dental implants to be placed. These procedures usually involve ‘grafting’ or adding bone or bonelike materials to the jaw.
The graft can either be obtained from a cadaver or a patient’s own bone. Following the grafting procedure, patients must wait several months for the grafted material to combine with the existing bone.
There are multiple procedures that can be used for bone augmentation. Dr. Attaran will select one based on the type, location and number of implants required by the patient. Following the bone augmentation, she will usually wait four to nine months before placing implants.