If you have lost bone or have defects in your jaw, you may not qualify for dental implants without bone grafting. Most traditional grafting techniques involve opening the gums and harvesting bones from other areas of the body. To provide more minimally invasive treatment, our board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Edward Halusic, offers the S.M.A.R.T.™ bone grafting technique for patients. As one of only a few hundred clinicians to provide S.M.A.R.T™. bone grafting in Greensburg and Monroeville, PA, Dr. Halusic has acquired vast amounts of skill and experience in this treatment. If you need bone grafting for dental implants, this treatment greatly increases your comfort level during surgery and accelerates healing for a better experience overall.
S.M.A.R.T™. bone grafting relies only on a small, minimally invasive incision made in the gum tissue near where the bone needs to be grafted. With specialized tools, this tissue is lifted away from the bone to gain access to the defect, without the need for the gums to be flapped back. The bone grafting material is then inserted through the small incision to restore the natural height, width, and volume of the bone in the area. S.M.A.R.T™. bone grafting is especially beneficial for patients who have bone loss, defects in the aesthetic zone, or areas that can be seen when they smile. With minimal incisions and no need to harvest bone from another part of the body, this bone grafting technique is highly advantageous for patients interested in dental implants. Patients who receive S.M.A.R.T™. bone grafting can expect:
In addition to S.M.A.R.T™. bone grafting, we offer sinus lifts and ridge augmentations depending on your condition and where you have tooth loss or bone defects.
When teeth are lost in the upper back part of the jaw, the resulting resorption leaves insufficient bone height below the sinus cavity. Adding bone grafting material beneath simultaneously lifts the membrane and creates enough bone height and volume to safely secure dental implants.
Ridges or unevenness in the jaw resulting from trauma, tooth loss, disease, or a birth defect, can make it too thin or weak to support dental implants. A ridge augmentation restores the natural bone contours in the jaw and the proper shape so implants can be securely placed.
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