SMART Bone Grafting
If you are missing teeth, you have probably spent a great deal of time researching some of the best replacement options. You are likely aware that dental implants are considered the best tooth replacement available. Perhaps you even talked about tooth replacements with your dentist and asked about dental implants.
If you were disappointed to hear that your jawbone is too weak to support an implant, please talk to us. There might still be hope.
At Burnham Oral Surgery, we are skilled in procedures such as bone grafting, which can restore the density of your jawbone and make it strong enough to hold a dental implant securely.
With bone grafting, your jawbone can be made stronger with either bone taken from elsewhere in your body or from bone grafting material. If this procedure is successful, your jawbone should be strong enough to support dental implants.
We can take that even one step further with a new technology called SMART bone grafting.
Our own Dr. Anne Stearns received her SMART certification after attending a course hosted by Dr. Ernesto Lee, the developer of the SMART Minimally Invasive Bone Grafting Technique. In 2017 at the Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting, Dr. Lee formally unveiled the SMART method to the profession.
It should be noted that special training and surgical instrumentation are required to properly perform this revolutionary technique. Dr. Stearns is the first oral surgeon to receive the certification in Colorado for this cutting-edge technology.
At Burnham Oral Surgery, we focus on personalized care for each patient, and this new skill will allow us to continue with that promise.
What Is SMART Bone Grafting?
This new type of bone grafting offers patients a great outcome of bone regeneration. Because it requires just a small incision, patients experience less pain, less swelling, and fewer complications than traditional bone grafting. Even the most complicated cases have much-improved outcomes.
The most important thing for patients to know about this procedure is that there is one surgical site, so there is no need for a second site for harvesting the bone. Patients enjoy faster healing and less downtime after the procedure.
With traditional bone grafting, there is always a risk of infection with the procedure. The SMART process minimizes those risks.
Who Is a Good Candidate for SMART Bone Grafting?
The SMART bone graft can be performed on patients who have either a horizontal or vertical bone defect—or both. It can be particularly beneficial for patients who have been missing their teeth for quite some time and need added bone for implant placement.
Is it right for you? That depends. Every patient is different and has different needs based on a number of different factors. The best thing to do is to talk about your situation with a skilled oral surgeon such as Dr. Burnham.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation!