Principles for Simultaneous Bone Augmentation at Dental Implants

Once a tooth is extracted, the alveolar ridge begins to resorb. Over time, the resorption can cause significant loss of bone volume, which may impact upon the subsequent placement of a dental implant. Bone augmentation procedures are used to increase the volume of bone to ensure that implants are properly supported in the bone with no exposure of the endosseous surface. This Learning Pathway will review the biological principles involved and will outline the criteria for simultaneous implant placement and bone augmentation.

On completion of this Learning Pathway you should be able to:

  • describe the biology of bone relevant to bone augmentation procedures
  • classify bone grafts and substitutes for bone augmentation
  • outline the case selection criteria for simultaneous bone augmentation and implant placement
Publication date: Oct 29, 2015 Last review date: Oct 23, 2020 Next review date: Oct 23, 2023
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