As a privately practicing holistic dentist, Dr. Azadeh “Amy” Khajavi focuses primarily on implant procedures. Dr. Azadeh Khajavi uses patients’ own growth factor proteins to perform bone grafting, which can help a patient’s jaw to support an implant more effectively.
To hold a post and the artificial tooth that it stabilizes, a patient’s jaw needs to have sufficient structural integrity. Many patients come to the implant procedure with bone that is insufficiently high or wide, and while such patients may still be eligible for implants, they require additional bone volume before the dentist can introduce a post. The process by which bone volume is increased is known as bone augmentation.
In many cases, the dentist is able to retrieve a bone graft from the patient’s own body. This bone typically comes from the chin or the back of the jaw, though some patients may need additional bone from the hip or shin. Once introduced to the area where the dentist will ultimately place the implant, the autologous bone graft fuses to the jaw over the course of a few months.