- Bone Grafting
- Some times there is not enough bone to support dental implants. In this case bone grafting can be used to ‘fill-out’ the area where the implant will be placed.
For some people, bone loss after the removal or loss of teeth leaves them without enough to secure an implant.
Sinus augmentation – In the upper jaw above the back teeth, it is possible to increase the height of bone available by creating new bone in the sinus. This procedure is called a ‘sinus augmentation’. A skilled surgeon can deliver very predictable results in this location and without the general success of this technique many patients would be unable to have dental implants in a part of the mouth where teeth are so commonly missing.
Onlay grafting – There are many ways in which bone can be added to, however one simple concept is to take a piece of bone from somewhere else and secure it as an ‘onlay graft’ to a deficient area. The new piece of bone will slowly join to the underlying region and when healed and mature, an implant can be placed in a more favourable position.
Janet was told to look after her teeth the best she could and attend annual checkups but over time the condition of her teeth worsened. Like many people, Janet felt ashamed of her teeth and understandably she began to worry more and more.