What Does It Mean If You Need a Bone Graft before Dental Implants?
There is little doubt that dental implants are an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth and if you are contemplating this option then we are sure you will be pleased with the final outcome. When you have your initial consultation for dental implants in South Benfleet, our dentist will need to assess the amount of available bone in which to insert the implants. It is extremely important that your implants have plenty of strong and healthy bone surrounding them as this will help them to fully integrate with your jawbone, creating a strong and stable platform for your replacement tooth. However, it is not uncommon to find you don’t have sufficient bone and that you need a small additional procedure called a bone graft.
Why a Bone Graft Is Nothing to Be Concerned about
Bone grafting in preparation for dental implants is a very common procedure and there is nothing for you to be worried about as it uses tried and tested techniques. The replacement bone used for these types of procedures is often made from artificial grafting materials, although it can be from donor bone or may even be taken from another site in your body.
The advantage of choosing artificial bone materials is that they are extremely sophisticated and can help encourage your body to grow more healthy bone in the area required. These materials are very advanced and are extremely safe for use. The advantage over using your own bone is that there will be no need to have surgery to remove the bone from another site in your body so the whole process having a bone graft is extremely straightforward and comfortable.
Bone grafts are used to replace missing bone in areas where it is deficient, building up the bony ridge that used to support your teeth and making it thicker or taller as required. One of the most common types of bone grafts is a procedure called a sinus lift.
Why You Might Need a Sinus Lift
You might need a sinus lift if you intend to have dental implants to replace your upper back teeth as this is the area nearest to your sinuses which are essentially empty spaces. These spaces can be quite large, minimising the amount of available bone for your dental implants. During a sinus lift, your dentist in South Benfleet will carefully lift the membrane in between your jawbone and your sinuses, creating a space that can then be packed with the bone grafting material. Depending on the amount of material required, it may even be possible to place your dental implants at the same time. Otherwise you will need to wait for your bone graft to heal and integrate with your natural bone and this can take several months. While it might be annoying to have this delay during your treatment, it is only a few months for a procedure that should last you for many years once it is completed so it is well worth the effort.
If you would like to know more about any aspect of dental implants in South Benfleet, including information about bone grafts then please contact South Benfleet Dental Care as we will be happy to answer any questions you might have or we can book you an appointment with our dentist. Just call us on 01268 793485.