Block Grafting for Ridge Augmentation
Block grafting is a method or ridge augmentation to enhance the thickness of the bone primarily for implant placement.
Block grafting is accomplished once your are anesthetized with or without sedation. Dr. Noraian makes an incision and lifts the soft tissue away to expose the area to augment the bone. A special surgical kit is used to make a groove in the bone and an exact replica of the groove will be harvested from the donor block graft sourced from the hip bone of a cadaver, referred to as a core. The core will be retained in the groove made in your jaw with a titanium screw and the edges of the core will be covered with human donor bone graft particles. Dr. Noraian will place a resorbable barrier over the core and particulate grafts and then close the soft tissue over the bone and then secure it with stitches.
After about six months, Dr. Noraian will use a cone beam CT scan to assess how much of the grafting has integrated with your bone. At the time the implant is ready for placement, Dr. Norarian will remove the retention screw from the block graft, he will inspect the bone for stability and then he will place your implant.