Dental Procedures

Dental Implants

The University of Miami Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic is a center of excellence in regards to dental implants and associated bone grafting. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Our international expertise related to bone grafting is frequently used to prepare implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. Today, most bony defects can be rebuilt without removing a graft from the patient. This is due to the advanced bio-technology of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein pioneered by the faculty. Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum, protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons also perform major bone grafts that are typically performed to repair large defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects maybe rebuilt using the patient’s own bone or with the use of ecumbent human bone morphogeneic protein bio-technology. Bone can be harvested from a number of different sites depending on the size of the defect. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are commonly performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.

The University of Miami Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons uses the latest technologies available to achieve successful results. ACT scan machine provides 3D images of the maxilla and mandible jaw which can improve diagnosis and treatment planning in many areas. Our surgeons are leading experts in using growth factors (PRP and BMP) to accelerate healing and promote bone formation in graft areas.