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Information for Patients - Bone Grafts

Now, this sounds scary, doesn't it! Well, it need not be at all. One of the oldest paradigms in implant dentistry is that the implant needs sufficient thickness of bone around it.

overlying bone too thin for implant

Picture 1.

This is not just for stability of the implant, but also for the overlying gums. As you can see from picture 1, if the overlying bone is too thin, it will shrink away and the result is poor.

overlying bone too thin for implant

Picture 2.

When teeth are removed, bone generally shrinks away.(picture 2)

overlying bone too thin for implant

Picture 3.

The implant has to go in the right place for the tooth, if it is to look natural.(Picture 3). In these situations, the bone thickness has to be increased so that there is less chance of gum recession, especially in the long-term. Often we can add a sort of biological filler at the same time as implant placement to increase the bone thickness, which is covered with a barrier membrane so that only bone grows into the material and not gum. There are many different types of fillers and membrane and we would discuss these with you. This is called "Simultaneous Augmentation" and is not a formal "bone graft", but is much more simple.

Sometimes there may be insufficient bone for implant placement at all. In these cases a preliminary bone graft may have to be performed, in either an "onlay" procedure, or a "sinus lift". Our oral surgeon has more than 20 years experience and an exceptional success rate, using the latest techniques for minimal discomfort. We would explain all of the options and implications to you at the initial consultation.

Often we can avoid bone grafting by using pink gum coloured material on the bridge or denture to simulate the missing gum. In the end, the choice of treatment is yours!

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