Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Restoring your Jaw to support Dental Implants!

Bone Grafting is a procedure that involves building up the layers of bone to restore a former structure. This treatment is for patients who would like dental implants and have suffered from bone loss in the Jaw. If you would like to discuss a bone graft for dental implants please call 061 315228 to speak to an advisor. Depending on the circumstance we use one or more of the following methods:-

 

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Purified Bovine Bone*

If you do not have enough of your own bone available at the implant site we have a simple method of recreating bone. We use purified bovine bone. This essentially acts as a scaffold for your bone to grow around the implant and integrate with it. It is usually placed at the time of dental implant surgery, and can also be used at the time of tooth extraction to minimize shrinking of the bone.

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Bone Graft

If there is a substantial amount of bone missing where we want to place an implant an autogenous bone graft may be necessary. In this case a piece of bone is taken from a donor site, usually at the back of the jaw, and placed where we need the new bone to grow. This procedure is not carried out all that often.

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Surgery

In rare cases a graft from a hip or elsewhere may be necessary. In this case we will refer you to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for grafting as this procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia.

*Bovine bone – do you mean cow bone?

Yes! It is a bone replacement material that is composed of the hard, mineral portion of natural bone and has a structure very similar to that of human bone. It is therefore well accepted by human bone tissue and serves as a guide-rail or scaffolding for the new bone growth. The material is carefully inspected bovine bone that has undergone treatment with patented processes for purification and sterilisation. Included amongst these processes is the treatment at high temperature for more than 15 hours, after which it is highly purified and finally sterilized. Your own bone slowly grows into the Bio-Oss material. The Bio-Oss is slowly reabsorbed and replaced by your own new bone in time.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is essentially like a tooth root but made out of titanium, one of the hardest metals, and is placed into the area where the tooth would be.

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Why should I replace missing teeth?

When you lose a tooth, you start a whole cycle, which will have a domino effect on the rest of your teeth.

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