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5 Reasons Why There’s No Need To Fear Bone Grafting

If you’ve been considering a dental implant in Richmond or elsewhere in London, then it’s likely that you have been told that you need bone grafting, particularly if you have been missing teeth for some while. When a tooth is lost, then without a tooth root to stimulate the surrounding bone, it’s usual for the bone to start to diminish and for this reason alone, many dentists recommend a bone graft to increase the depth and amount of bone to give an implant more chance of success. The thought of a bone graft can be worrying, after all it sounds quite serious and it’s something that’s new to you, so it’s understandable that you may have concerns. However, there’s absolutely no reason to feel worried and here’s a few reasons why:


  • Bone grafting is not a new process nor is it experimental. It’s a very routine surgery which is carried out with great success as part of the implant process.

  • Materials used for bone grafting are processed carefully for obvious safety reasons. Whether the materials used are synthetic or from natural sources such as a human or a cow, rest assured it has been specifically treated for medical use.

  • A bone graft only requires a tiny amount of bone grafting material. Once it’s placed into the site of the missing tooth, it acts as a kind of scaffold which the body uses to build more bone in that same spot.

  • A bone graft means that your implant will be in the best location and may even function better. It needs a strong platform with which to fuse with the surrounding bone, but often when a tooth has been lost, the supporting bone is diminished too. The amount of loss is unpredictable however a bone graft limits any further loss of bone. In actual fact that’s also one of the main benefits of replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, since it helps to prevent bone loss in much the same way as a natural tooth root.

  • Aesthetically your dental implant is going to look much better. If you think about it, your original tooth sat at a certain height as it was supported by the underlying bone. Once that bone has gone, a replacement tooth is going to look longer than the original because there is no additional support.

Hopefully this has helped you to see the reasons why a bone graft is so essential if you want a dental implant that is functioning at its optimum and looks totally natural too. We also hope it has helped you brush aside your fears. If you’d like to discuss dental implants in Richmond in more depth then why not book a free no-obligation consultation with Sheen Dental. You can call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk for more information. Dr. Harmit Kalsi and his team look forward to welcoming you to Sheen Dental.

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