Ridge augmentation prior to dental implants

At times, when teeth are lost due to periodontal disease, fractured, or root infections, a large defect may occur in the bone, thus compromising the placement of dental implants. In advanced defects such as this, it may be necessary to expand the ridge or move the maxillary sinus to gain enough bone to support a dental implant.

In these cases, Dr. Leaderman will use your bone or a combine of bioactive glass material with your bone.

What is bioactive glass?

Bioactive glasses are glass-ceramic biomaterials that have many applications but these are primarily in the areas of bone repair and bone regeneration via tissue engineering.

  • Synthetic bone graft materials for general orthopedic, craniofacial (bones of the skull and face), maxillofacial and periodontal (the bone structure that supports teeth) repair. These are available to surgeons in a particulate form
  • Cochlear implants
  • Bone tissue engineering scaffolds. These are being investigated in many forms, in particular as porous (contains pores into which cells can grow and fluids can travel) 3-dimensional scaffolds