If you are missing one tooth or even all of your teeth, implants may be an excellent solution for you. So long as you have sufficient levels of bone in the area of the missing tooth to facilitate the anchorage of the implants, this procedure can yield terrific results. If you don’t have enough bone for this purpose, a bone graft may be necessary.
The longer you have been missing teeth, the more the jaw bone shrinks, and the less natural bone will remain in the area to support implants.
A 3-dimensional CT scan is needed in order to determine the height and width of your jaw bone in the area the implant should be placed.
A procedure used to add to the level of the bone in your mouth is known as a bone graft or bone augmentation.
Specific types of bone grafts includes sinus lifts or sinus augmentation.
Bone grafting is common with dental implants.
The bone that is used may come from other areas of your mouth, synthetic bone, or even bone from other sources that has been demineralised.
Your dentist will discuss with you which bone combination is best suited for your bone graft augmentation.