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Bone grafting for dental implant treatment
One of the greatest obstacles to successful dental implant
treatment is insufficient bone, which is usually due to bone loss
from infection or resorption. Over the past 25 years there have
been many different techniques developed for dealing with this
Using advanced techniques such as bone grafts, ridge
widening, guided bone regeneration and sinus lifts, a skilled
implant team can increase the volume, size and shape of a jaw
bone, which can make dental implants possible.
Bone-grafting techniques
Bone-grafting procedures are employed to help build up bone
in areas where it is insufficient. Surgeons have a range of
materials and techniques they can use. Their choice will be
determined by your individual needs, but there are several
ways that bone volume can be increased.
A bone graft
In this procedure a piece of bone is taken from elsewhere in
your body and fixed where it is needed. Usually a small piece
of bone is taken from your jaw, typically from your chin or the
area around your wisdom teeth, and then screwed into
position. The graft heals in its new position. After several
months an implant can be placed in the grafted area.
For people who may need greater amounts of bone grafted,
bone can also be taken from the hip, rib or skull. It has been
more than 20 years, however, since we have had to use these
extreme measures in our clinic.
If you have been told you do not have enough bone for dental
implants, you should seek a second opinion – an experienced
implant surgeon will have the knowledge and expertise to help you.


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