Bone Augmentation in Alton
Implants » Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped.
Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day.
In some cases, your implant surgeon will advise you that bone augmentation might need to be performed. This can be done before implants are placed and sometime even be done on the same day of implant insertion. Should you require this procedure, your implant surgeon will give you the options of bone material and discuss with you where natural bone from yourself can be taken. Your own natural bone whilst being the favoured option, there are other options in place so that you can avoid a secondary procedure.
Below is a list of typical bone augmentation procedures
Guided Bone Regeneration
This is usually performed during implant placement. Bone can be added with or without a special membrane in order to maximise natural bony infill. The membrane acts as a scaffold to maintain the shape of bone that your implant surgeon plans for your final crown. You have the option of using your own bone (autogenous), bone particles which have animal derivatives eg: BioOss or mineral substitutes which are artificial eg: Synthograft. Please do ask your implant surgeon on these various options.
Sinus Lift/ Sinus Grafting
Pyramidal shaped cavities called maxillary sinuses occupy your cheekbones. This also means that these sinuses form the roof of where the roots of your upper back teeth lie. With age or having having multiple extractions before, the floor of the sinus can lie 'low', preventing direct placement of a dental implant. Therefore a sinus lift or sinus graft procedure will need to be performed via a surgical procedure and a bone substitute placed at the same time. Sinus lift surgery is straightforward and is performed within 30-45 minutes for both sides under sterile aseptic conditions.
Should your implant surgeon require a sizeable amount of bone before implant placement, a bone graft may be required. Such bone grafts are usually taken from the back of lower jaw or from the chin. Rest assured that your facial profile will not be affected by such a procedure. In both cases a small titanium screw will need to be used in order to firmly attach the graft to the implant site. Such block grafts usually take 6 months to integrate with your own bone. It may be possible for the implant to be placed at the same time of the block graft. This does depend on the patient and your implant surgeon will advise you if this is possible.
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- Single Tooth Replacement
- Multiple Tooth Replacement
- Implant Retained Dentures
- Bone Augmentation/ Bone Grafts
- Implant Systems used at Alton Dental
- Your First Implant Consultation at Alton Dental
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