S.M.A.R.T Bone Grafting
Developed and introduced to the oral surgical industry by Dr. Ernesto Lee in 2017, the SMART bone grafting technique provides superior bone regeneration by way of a minimally invasive method. SMART stands for Subperiosteal, Minimally Invasive, Aesthetic, Ridge Augmentation Technique, and the procedure entails one small incision, no flap elevation, no tenting screws, and no membranes. In other words, SMART is a disruptive technology that is turning the traditional bone grafting approach on its head and revolutionizing the patient experience. We can now perform bone augmentation by delivering a xenograft/growth factor mixture to the site with specially designed instruments and laparoscopic techniques.
Advanced Training Required for SMART Bone Grafting
SMART bone grafting training and instrumentation has been made available to a select number of qualified doctors since its conception. Specialty instruction and rigorous training are required to effectively perform this breakthrough technique. Dr. Susanna Goggin is fully trained and experienced in all bone grafting procedures, specifically the less invasive, cutting-edge alternative offered by the SMART technique.
Guided Bone Regeneration
When bone is lost around teeth with periodontal disease, a regeneration procedure may be recommended to try and gain bone support around a tooth. The success of this procedure is related to the anatomy of the defect, as it must be able to contain the bone graft. In some situations, the anatomy of the defect cannot be evaluated until the soft tissues have been reflected.
The bone regeneration processes may be aided by:
- Gum/bone tissue regeneration – A thin barrier (membrane) is placed below the gum line over the grafting material. This barrier creates enough space for healthy tissue to grow and separates the faster growing gum tissue from the slower growing bone cells. This means that bone cells can migrate to the protected area and grow naturally. Varying types of absorbable and absorbable membranes are used depending on the goal of the procedure.
- Tissue stimulating proteins – Naturally, occurring growth factors or tissue stimulating proteins are something added to the bone grafting material prior to placing it in a defect. These help to recruit your body’s own bone growing cells to the site and increase bone formation.
- Platelet-rich growth factors – If your own growth factors are used a small sample of your blood will be obtained. This is then placed in a centrifuge and spun to separate the red blood cells from the platelets and fibrin. In the platelets and fibrin are your body’s own growth factors which in turn can be mixed with the bone graft material to increase regenerative potential and stimulate healing.
Get S.M.A.R.T.™ Bone Grafting in Western North Carolina
At Asheville Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Susanna Goggin is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest techniques and procedures in order to help keep her patients in optimum oral health. As a certified practitioner of the S.M.A.R.T.™ Bone Grafting technique, Dr. Goggin offers this innovative and minimally invasive procedure to qualified candidates in need of bone augmentation.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (828) 665-4405 today.