A dental implant treatment provides an ideal solution to missing teeth problems. The implants are embedded into the jawbone to replace both the form and function of the lost natural teeth, and also provide stimulation to the jawbone. However, there are times when the placement of implants is considered to be very difficult to nearly impossible, due to thin jawbone quality. Bone grafting is needed in cases when a thin jawbone is not enough to support the placement of dental implants.
What is Involved in Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to change the shape of the jawbone, or to augment the jawbone structure when it has deteriorated. Jawbone deterioration can be a result of gum disease, or long-term tooth loss which has not been resolved. At the Dental Implant Group in London, a bone graft is done to improve the structure of a thin jawbone before a dental implant treatment can be done, so that the jawbone can support the placement of the implants.
The bone graft starts with lifting the gum tissue from the jawbone, providing access to the bone underneath. Holes will then be drilled into the jawbone, where the jawbone material will be placed to improve the bone quality. The grafting material can be obtained from the patient’s own body, from another donor, or from synthetic materials.
After the placement of the grafting material, the gum will be stitched back in place. The bone graft is left to heal for a period lasting two to three months, allowing the graft material to integrate with the surrounding tissue. When the healing period is finished, dental implants can then be placed successfully to solve missing teeth problems.
Do you want to know more about dental implants and bone grafting? We invite you to come in for a chat with us at Dental Implant Group London, where we offer a free dental implant consultation and a discussion of bone grafting in even more detail.