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If you have failing or missing teeth, choosing dental implants can help restore the natural look, form and function of your smile. Bone grafting is common procedure used to build up enough jaw bone to hold dental implants in place.
Dental implants can support either a fixed implant bridge or an implant-retained denture, however both options require healthy and sufficient jaw bone to secure implants in place. There are a few reasons why patients may lack enough jaw bone:
Whatever the reason, a strong and healthy jaw bone with enough density is important for maintaining jaw bone structure and supporting dental implants.
Dental implants support teeth like tooth roots and encourage jaw bone growth. Without natural teeth or tooth roots, there’s nothing to stimulate the jaw bone when you chew, so the jaw bone begins to shrink away over time. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that builds up jaw bone to successfully anchor down dental implants.
A bone grafting procedure involves taking small amounts of bone from other areas of the mouth, combining it with artificial bone and then placing it in the area where bone has been lost. The transplanted bone is then covered by a membrane and left to heal. This process restores the missing jaw bone needed for dental implants. The procedure can be done prior to implant surgery or at the same time.
Dr Norcross has adapted his surgical technique for placing full mouth dental implants in a way that may be able to avoid or reduce the need for a bone graft. Learn more about All-On-4®.
A sinus lift is another type of bone graft that’s used to restore missing jaw bone. When you go without back upper teeth for a long period of time, the jaw bone thins out, causing the sinus floor to drop into the space where the tooth roots previously were.
A sinus lift usually takes between 90 minutes to two hours and begins with applying an anaesthetic and then making an incision at the back of the teeth to access the jaw bone. A small circle is cut into the bone lift the sinus membrane so it can be filled with bone graft material. The area is sutured and the jaw bone begins to regenerate.
We use different types of bone grafting material, depending on your individual needs. The types of bone grafts we use, include:
Need more information? Contact the team at Perth Dental Implant Centre today.
A gum graft is another surgical procedure used to correct gum recession and is an aesthetic dental treatment commonly used alongside dental implants.
Gum recession occurs when gum tissue starts to pull away from teeth, exposing more of the tooth that’s usually hidden under the gum line. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors including poor oral hygiene, brushing too hard and aging. It can cause tooth sensitivity and make teeth look longer.
During a gum graft procedure, small areas of gum tissue are taken from other areas of the mouth and carefully transplanted into the areas where gum is missing. Alternatively, a synthetic gum material called AlloDerm® can be used to repair and strengthen damaged gums.
If you’d like to know more bout bone grafts or any other treatment to help support dental implants, contact our friendly team. To contact our Kelmscott clinic, call (08) 9495 7999 or for East Victoria Park, call (08) 9470 3944.
When a tooth is removed, the surrounding bone can shrink. This shrinkage differs depending on the part of the mouth and is different in each person depending on the anatomy of the tooth and the bone. The longer the jawbone is missing a tooth, the more susceptible it is to shrinking. To guarantee a good result with dental implants, we encourage patients to replace missing teeth soon after losing them, so that there is enough bone to place the dental implant. In some cases, we may need to create more bone using different procedures. These procedures can vary in cost and complexity. Following a full assessment and 3D bone scan, we can advise the most suitable option for your needs.
To accurately check if you have enough bone available to place dental implants, we take a detailed 3D x-ray known as a CBCT scan. This is similar to a CT scan but with a much lower dose of radiation. This shows us exactly how much bone you have and where vital structures such as nerves, sinuses and other tooth roots are. We can then ensure that when placing the implant there is no risk of the implant damaging these structures. We believe that a dental implant should not be placed without first carefully assessing a 3D bone scan. The cost of a 3D bone scan is $195.
At the Perth Dental Implant Centre, we have in-house 3D scanners at both of our clinics and can tell you on the day of your consultation, saving you time and money.
A bone graft is a surgical procedure that builds up lost jaw bone. It can be performed before dental implant surgery or during the same surgery.
Four types of bone graft materials exist including a patient’s own bone, donated human bone, animal bone (usually bovine) and synthetic bone. At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we use a bone material option most suited to your needs.