Bone and Sinus Augmentation – Dental Implants

Bone and sinus augmentation at Larkham House

Lack of bone for dental implants

A key to dental implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. If you’ve lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place dental implants, and as such, may require either sinus lift surgery or bone augmentation.

Advanced Dentistry Referral Service

We are now offering an Advanced Dentistry Referral Service from dental colleagues or from patients themselves for complex dental implant cases. We have the latest CBCT imaging scanner to enable advanced diagnosis for complex procedures and patient care. We aim to see patients within 7 days of receiving the referral. Please contact us for further details.

Diagram of sinus lift surgery for dental implants

Sinus Lift Surgery

A sinus lift prepares the area for the insertion of dental implants. This is positive news for patients who have previously been told they are not a good candidate for dental implants due to lack of bone height.

A sinus lift is a bone grafting procedure that can create the preferred five-millimetre bone needed to place a dental implant. This is achieved by moving the sinus membrane upward and fitting additional bone between the upper jaw and maxillary sinuses.

In addition, the sinus lift procedure provides more bone for patients whose teeth have been missing for long periods of time and the bone has resorbed as a result.

Vivek’s preferred choice of procedure is the crestal approach sinus lift, to minimise risk by providing a non-traumatic crestal approach to sinus elevation for patients, even if the sinus floor is flat, inclined or has a septum.

Patients planning to undergo the Sinus Lift procedure will undergo clinical and radiographic assessment to thoroughly study their jaw and sinus anatomy. In addition, a cone beam CT (CBCT) scan is needed. This allows the measurement of the current bone, as well as to assess the overall health of the sinus.

Diagram of bone graft for dental implants

Bone Augmentation

Candidates for bone augmentation, a process of rebuilding the bone, are patients with insufficient natural, healthy bone to support dental implants.

The goal is to provide a solid structure where implants can be placed and secured in the alveolar bone structure. The augmentation is most commonly done by a bone graft, which is placing bone graft material to the existing bone in your jaw.

Patients planning to undergo bone augmentation procedures will undergo a clinical and radiographic assessment to thoroughly study their jaw and bone defect. In addition, a cone beam CT (CBCT) scan is needed. This allows the measurement of the current bone and shape of defect to plan what extent of graft is required.

Modern bone grafting is generally a painless, minimally invasive procedure completed in the practice. Once the procedure has been completed, the graft material is left for 3-6 months to heal before dental implants can be placed, depending on the extent of the graft and the condition of the existing bone.

Where does the bone come from for bone augmentation?

There are several options for bone grafting material:

  1. An autograft where the bone is taken from the person who is having the procedure. The material used for dental bone augmentation can be a section of bone obtained from elsewhere on your body, usually the ramus of the mandible.
  2. Bone harvested from another human or cadaver called allograft.
  3. A xenograft which is usually taken from animals, such as cows.
  4. A biograft which is a synthetic bone graft developed in a laboratory.

Harvested bone is carefully processed to ensure no bacteria or diseases are passed on to the person receiving the bone graft.

All options will be fully discussed at treatment planning stage with patients who may have specific requirements.

Dr Vivek Giddani smiling

Dr Vivek Giddani 


GDC 185505
BDS, DDCSc (U.Lon), LDS RCS (Eng), MFDS RCS (Ed), PgCert Perio (U.Plym)
Trust Specialty Registrar Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Specialty Doctor Restorative Dentistry
Nitte University India 2004

Vivek graduated as a Dental Surgeon in 2004 and has a special interest in Oral and Facial Surgery, Periodontology (Gum disease) and Dental Implants. Since 2008 he has been working at Derriford Hospital Plymouth as Trust Speciality Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery providing complex oral surgical procedures and been involved in facial reconstruction surgeries for trauma and cancer patients. He also works as a Speciality Doctor in Restorative Dentistry where he treats referred complex dental cases and provides rehabilitation for oral cancer patients.

Vivek completed post graduate training in Clinical Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London. During this time he worked at Royal London Hospital where he was involved in major Oral, Facial and Oncology surgeries alongside some of the leading consultants in the country. He has completed his post graduation training in Dental Implants and also completed post graduate masterclass training on CBCT Interpretation, Sinus Lift and Bone Grafting. He is studying for his Masters in Periodontology at Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth. He is also on the Devon Local Dental Council committee supporting providers and performers attached to GDS contracts.

Recently Vivek has been awarded a place in Devon LDC (Local Dental Committee) which comprises of elected dentists from the area and represents all General Dental Service(GDS) providers and performers attached to GDS contracts. He will represent dentists practising in primary care in the area.

Vivek special interests at Larkham House Dental Practice:

Oral Surgery

Dental implants

Periodontics (treatment of gum disease)

  • Non-surgical and surgical Periodontal treatment
  • Periodontal problems related to implants (Peri-implant mucositis and implantitis)
  • Crown lengthening procedures
  • Mucogingival management



Outside dentistry he is currently working hard to introduce his Giddani estate coffee into the local and national market, the family coffee estate was established in 1895.

Vivek is a member of:

  • The British Dental Association.
  • The British Society of Periodontology.
  • The Association of Dental Implantology.
  • The British Association of Oral Surgeons.
  • The British Society of Restorative Dentistry.
  • The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
  • The Royal College of Surgeons England.

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