Compare Implant Surgery Options:

Option 1:  Grafted Implant Surgery

Grafted surgery builds up bone in the back of the mouth using a bone substitute or a bone graft.  This requires a separate surgical procedure before the implants can be placed.

For the upper jaw:  Bone grafts are place in the sinuses.  This procedure is called a sinus lift or a sinus graft.  After the grafts have hardened (6 months), the back implants can be placed, along with additional implants to support the front of the bridge.

For the lower jaw:  The procedure is called a block bone graft.

Grafted Implant surgery 
(sinus bone grafts in red)




Option 2:  Standard Implant Surgery 

Standard surgery eliminates the need for bone graft surgery by placing all of the implants toward the front of the mouth where there already is enough bone.  However, the final bridge will only have 10 teeth, not 12 teeth. This is because the back implants will be small or short and cannot support a full 12-tooth bridge. 

 Standard Implant Surgery



Option 3:  Angled Implant Surgery

Modified surgery also eliminates the need for bone graft surgery by placing the back implants at a forward angle. in front of the sinus space.  These implant positions also allow the dentist to make a full 12-tooth bridge. Modified surgery is a recent surgical innovation and not every surgeon will have the specialized training to use this procedure.

Angled Implant Surgery




Surgical Options Summary:

1.    80-85% of people losing their teeth do not have enough bone in the back of their mouth for implants.

2.    The surgeon has 3 ways to manage this problem.

The treatment selected will determine:

               a.  the amount of implant surgery

               b.  the number of the teeth in the final bridge

Surgery Type




12 Tooth Bridge Bone Graft Surgery 


No Bone Graft Surgery 10 Tooth Bridge   


12 Tooth Bridge

No Bone Graft Surgery   


 *Standard Surgery is the most common type of implant surgery.

**Angled Surgery is a recent surgical development; not every surgeon will have the specialized training needed
   to place the implants in this way.  Angled Surgery is also known as "tilted implant surgery" and is used for the
   "All on 4" Treatment.

After the implants have been placed,

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