For the majority of cases of missing teeth, dental implant or tooth implant is the best option to replace missing teeth.
For the dental implant to work adequate amount of healthy bone is needed.
Such decision can only be made your dental implant dentist. Full examination by Dr Firas Daoudi, specialist dentist, will be needed to assess the amount of bone for the dental implant. This will involve clinical and recording a scan and radiographs.
Bone grafts however can be used for a number of procedures
Why is a Bone Graft Performed?
Bone graft used to facilitate a number of dental procedures including:
- Dental implant placement: If a tooth has been missing for a long period of time, the jawbone will continue to shrink making implant placement a challenge.
- Repair of bone around dental implant
- As part of sinus lift procedure
- Ridge preservations procedure after tooth extraction to fill the resultant void
- Ridge augmentation before placing cosmetic dental bridge…etc.
What type of bone graft offered at London Smile Care?
We offer many options with bone grafts. Your own bone can be used to repair the area of defect. However, this mean collecting the needed bone form a donor site. This can be an area in the jawbone typically the wisdom teeth area or the chin. This is called block bone graft.
There are many other alternative materials used with predictable outcome like bovine or synthetic bone. The success rate of these materials is excellent and the risk of allergy is minimal.
Dr Firas Daoudi will be able to advice on the best technique for your individual case and the needed healing time.
How does bone graft work?
The technique for bone graft has evolved significantly. In most cases it can be performed under local anesthesia. In selected cases or with anxious patients, dental sedation can be used.
A small cut in the gum will be performed to expose the area that will be prepared and the graft material is placed.
On many occasions, a protective stabilizing layer called a membrane will be used allowing safer healing of the bone graft.
Stitches are placed to close the gum over the graft and allow secure healing. During the healing period, your own blood and bone will grow into the graft and allow fusing of the new added bone to your existing one.
This healing process take months for the graft to fuse with your own bone. This varies subject to each procedure. For example sinus lift requires 4-6 months of healing whilst socket preservation requires 3 months.
After the grafted bone has fused and becomes integrated with the existing bone structure, dental implants can be placed or any other cosmetic procedure could be performed predictably.
Occasionally, gum graft procedure can be performed at the same time as bone graft.
Please contact us if you need dental implants, a bone graft or gum graft to restore your smile and missing teeth.
At London Smile Care we ensure delivering the best quality of care with every step involved to our patient’s treatment.
We look forward to hearing from you.