Bone Grafting Explained
Those who have worn dentures for years are likely to have suffered bone loss. This does not mean you are unable to receive dental implants; you can still have successful implant surgery through a clinically proven procedure called bone grafting.
Bone loss is bad news, not only for your teeth, but also for the facial structure. If a tooth is lost and not quickly replaced with a dental implant, over time the bone behind it will recede and give the face a sunken appearance. Bone grafts revitalise and rejuvenate the face while providing the best possible foundation for implant treatment.
Firstly an assessment is made of the degree of bone grafting which is needed is made.
For small areas of grafting we can use bone substitutes which can be synthetic bone or a bone xenograft (sterile bovine bone particles which act as a scaffold for your own bone cells to grown and turnover) , this provides a quick and painless grafting technique and is very safe to use. In these procedures the dental implant can be placed at the same time as the grafting procedure.
Larger grafting areas may need the use of you own bone. This is generally taken from the back of the Jaw near to where the wisdom teeth are placed.
The grafted bone will knit into the new site and mesh seamlessly into the surrounding tissue.
Once healed the new bone is strong and very stable for the placement of the dental implants.
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