Bone grafts for implants to restore density
Have you been told that you’re not a good candidate for dental implants because of insufficient bone in your jaw?
In edentulous (total tooth loss) cases, a lack of bone quality is expected. For conventional implant placement to be successful, we need to address this issue before beginning.
However, receiving a new smile with dental implants is not possible for patients with an insufficient amount of bone.
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With pre-implant procedures like bone grafts, we can build up the quality of bone in the jaw and help create a habitable environment for the implant to be firmly secure.
We have vegan bone graft options available. Our bone augmentations cost £950 – see how we can integrate them with your treatment.
Speak to one of our implant dentists to see if you qualify for any of the above.
Dr Gutierres, singlehandedly in his 17-year career, has placed close to 20,000 implants and completed up to 5,000 bone grafts, among other surgical procedures.
There are several approaches our dentists can take when bone grafting. However, the basic procedure is mostly the same; one of our oral surgeons will make an incision in the jaw and attach the other bone material.
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The preferred approach is to take bone from your hip, tibia or back of the jaw, referred to as autografts, considered the dental gold standard for promoting faster health and new bone formation.
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The process is simple and performed under anaesthesia.
First, a dental technician will clean the affected area and incision in the gums to separate it from the bone where the graft will be positioned.
Next, we will place the bone material between the two sections to encourage them to fuse and grow together.
From here, the bone graft is secured with dissolvable adhesives like membranes or special screws and the incision is sewn back up to allow for a period of healing.
Following the bone graft procedure, it is likely that you will leave our dental office with gauze packed around the incision site.
Our dentists will give you a list of post-operative care tips and instructions for changing the dressing over the next 24 hours. We will also give you a prescription to prevent any infections from arising.
Please avoid hot liquids (coffee and soup), hard or crunchy foods, or any physical activity during the recovery period. After a few weeks, your jaw will begin to feel normal.
However, it will not be ready or be strong enough to hold implants for a further few months.
But as our patient, you can trust that we will look after you during this period and provide you with a high level of patient care that will help you remain comfortable throughout the entire process.
It is normal to expect some discomfort or slight pain after the procedure – but this is no more pain than you would expect from a typical tooth extraction. Pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
The total time of the procedure can take as little as 45 minutes, depending on how cantankerous the underlying tooth is.
Patients are advised to wait up to six months to allow the site to heal and the bone to fuse successfully with the jawbone.
As they successfully rebuild bones in areas with a deficiency, bone grafts ensure that there is enough healthy bone to support your implant treatment and prevent facial sagging.
Suppose you want a fully reconstructed smile with conventional implant treatments. In that case, bone augmentation is likely to be required if we find that you have an inadequate amount to support your final restoration.
In some cases, our patients can avoid bone augmentations altogether. For example, opting for other implant-based treatments like Implant-supported bridgework or All on 4 can provide you with a graftless solution to replacing missing teeth.