We can improve the height of available bone in the upper jaw by creating a new bone in the sinus. The process is known as ‘sinus augmentation’. We can obtain bone from elsewhere and add it to a deficient area. We can place this in an underlying area and place a bone in a better position once the healing stage is over. Bone can be obtained from a number of areas but is often sourced from the chin or the behind the lower jaw. There are options available for those who don’t wish to use their own bone. For instance, synthetic materials are available, and bovine and porcine can be used. These can act as a scaffold for new bone to grow before dental implants are added.
It can take between 3-12 months before new bone is ready for dental implants. Large amounts of bone will take longer to mature. A process called ‘guided tissue regeneration’ is used by many surgeons. This involves a barrier being placed between the soft tissues that line the mouth and slow-moving bone cells and gives the cells time to grow. The barrier will disappear naturally once the right results have been achieved. Bone grafting can enhance the efficiency of implants significantly. Though grafting is a complex process, we have the skills and experience needed to provide you with the results you require.
Bone grafting is a safe procedure and we can discuss your options in-depth with you before surgery takes place to ensure you’re receiving the appropriate type of treatment for your needs. You’ll normally be given a local anaesthetic to reduce pain whilst the procedure is taking place and can opt for intravenous sedation if you need it. Once the procedure is completed, you will be provided with antibiotics as well as medication for pain if required. You will be advised not to consume specific foods to avoid putting pressure on the graft. You should be able to carry on with your day-to-day life as normal whilst the bone graft is healing. Once the grafted bone has fused or become a robust part of the existing bone your implants will be added.
Who Has Bone Grafting Done?
Bone grafting is ideal for anyone wishing to add implants to their mouths but doesn’t currently have enough bone for them to be installed safely or securely. Contact us today to learn more.