Bone Graft / Regeneration
Bone Grafts for Dental Implants
Have you been told you lack sufficient bone for dental implants?
Patients may lack bone in the upper or lower jawbone due to a combination of factors: natural bone loss with ageing, periodontal disease, accident, or prolonged denture wear and missing teeth resulting in bone atrophy. Bone graft / regeneration is the process of building up existing bone to create a sufficient foundation for dental implant placement. The bone added is powder or block form. Sinus lifts have also allowed many patients to have successful dental implant treatments by grafting additional bone near the sinus or by lifting the sinus membrane.
The ultimate success of a dental implant largely depends on the quality and quantity of bone in which it is placed. Dental bone grafts can be placed prior to surgery to allow more time for healing or during the implant procedure. Bone grafts will be covered by a membrane to allow for healing and additional bone growth.
Bone graft (powder form) added for an immediate or future dental implant
Bone graft / regeneration is the process of building up existing bone to create a sufficient foundation for dental implant placement.
The Importance of Bone Grafting for Successful Dental Implant Rehabilitation
After dental extractions, a physiological reduction of the alveolar bone occurs in both the upper jaw and the mandible, until reaching a certain point referred to as alveolar atrophy. Bone loss worsens over time, oftentimes until reaching an insufficient amount of alveolar bone, preventing the placement of implants without bone grafts.
The success, aesthetics and longevity of a dental implant often depend greatly on the quantity and quality of alveolar bone where these implants have been placed. Bone grafts are one of the most used techniques in modern implant reconstructive surgery, especially in those cases in which the bone atrophy of the maxillary ridges is advanced and does not allow the placement of dental implants to achieve quality and durable restorations. The use of bone grafts is intended to restore the anatomical and functional integrity of an altered bone structure, providing available bone to place dental implants in very atrophied or compromised jaws, and thus meet the prosthetic and aesthetic needs of our patients.
The success, aesthetics and longevity of a dental implant often depend greatly on the quantity and quality of alveolar bone where these implants have been placed.
Bone Grafts Placement Phases
Bone grafs can be placed in various stages: they can be performed immediately after an extraction to prevent bone resorption and prepare the area for a future implant; prior to implant surgery to allow a longer healing time; or during the implant placement procedure. In these cases, implant placement is often in a single surgery: all on 4, all on 6, or all on 8, in order to make the most of the available bone. These bone grafts should be covered by a membrane that will serve as protection for the bone graft to prevent invagination of the connective tissue and allow healing and additional bone growth.
By examining the CT scan taking during the planning phase, our team will provide an estimate on whether and how much additional bone may be required. Our team may also recommend a bone graft during or shortly after an extraction in order to prevent further bone loss and prepare the site for a future implant.
Using modern bone grafting and bone regeneration techniques, the Smiles Peru dental team has successfully placed dental implants in many cases where the patient was told an implant was impossible. Some of these cases will be all on four, all on six, or all on eight cases in order to maximize the use of available bone. If you have been told dental implants are not possible in your case, please contact us for a complimentary online consultation.
Using modern bone grafting and bone regeneration techniques, the Smiles Peru dental team has successfully placed dental implants in many cases where the patient was told an implant was impossible.