Everything you need to know about Oral Bone Grafts
There is no doubting that one of the most modern and efficient ways to replace broken or missing teeth is through a dental implant. In Richmond here at Sheen Dental, we do our utmost to make sure that all implants that we place are positioned into both healthy and sufficient bone. The issue is that many people who come to us have experienced natural bone loss through prolonged periods of denture wearing and/or missing teeth. When this happens we may well suggest that prior to implant surgery, that you undergo a bone graft.
So why exactly does bone loss occur?
There are many reasons why potential patients suffer bone loss. It could for instance be down to prolonged and severe gum disease, being without teeth for extended periods of time, lifestyle choices such as smoking or excessive drinking, or illnesses such as diabetes or osteoporosis.
Why then does there have to be sufficient bone?
In essence it’s all to do with bone fusion. Otherwise known as osseointegration this process occurs naturally over a period of time once the implants are placed. The bone tissue in the jaw merges and fuses with the titanium implant to create a secure platform. This super-strong base then becomes the support for a porcelain crown. This process is vital to the success of dental implants and if they were to be placed into an area of jawbone that has unhealthy or insufficient bone mass, then you are increasing the probability of failure. For this reason, a bone grafting procedure may well have to take place before any implants can be fitted.
About the bone grafting procedure
Whether you undergo treatment for dental implants in Richmond such as Sheen Dental, or indeed any other reputable clinic in the country, then they will have both the capability and the expertise to carry out a successful bone grafting procedure. It’s a relatively simple and straight forward process where fragments of bone are either taken from other parts of you, from a bone bank, or from bone which has been man-made. These are then transplanted onto the area. The donor bone is then left to naturally fuse and merge with your own bone to eventually produce a sufficient and healthy bone mass.
So how does it affect the overall dental implant process?
As it has to be carried out prior to any implant being fitted, it will mean a period of delay from anything between 2-4 months. This is to allow both the natural and donor bone to fuse together and to promote good recovery.
If you’re thinking of undergoing the implant process and want to find out whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Richmond, then contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk and book your free, no-obligation consultation today.