The bone grafting procedure will be carried out if our dentist at Lovesmile clinic discovers insufficient bone tissue in the jaw. Bone grafting is where either artificial bone or the patient's own bone (removed from another area of the body such as the mouth or the hip) is placed in the jaw bone.
Loss of bone volume can be caused by a variety of factors, including infection, trauma, and periodontal (gum) disease. If a patient lost a tooth long ago and is just now looking into dental implant surgery, it's likely that the bone around the lost tooth has degenerated to some degree and needs to be augmented before it can support an implant.
A patient's need for bone grafting may become apparent at the time of their pre-surgery X-ray. Sometimes, inadequate bone volume is not discovered until the dentist actually begins dental implant surgery. In this case the dental implant procedure will be halted and bone grafting will take place at our Lovesmile clinic after the patient has agreed to the procedure.
As with all procedures at Lovesmile clinic success is not guaranteed, but bone grafting is usually a very effective procedure. Following a bone graft the patient will have to wait an average of 3-4 months for the bone to integrate, which will obviously delay the treatment process. However, the wait will be worthwhile once the implants are placed and you are in possession of a rejuvenated smile.
There are four types of bone grafts. Most are Autografts or Autogenous grafts, which are harvested from the patient's own hipbone before being grafted into the jawbone. If not taken from the patient, another human donor is the source of the bone graft, which is called an Allograft. Xenografting is when an animal bone graft is used with Osteoinduction and Bone Morphogenic Protein to aid bone fusion. A synthetic calcium phosphate artificial graft may be used, which is Alloplastic and resorbable if replaced by the body's natural bone. If non-resorbable, the artificial graft remains as a supportive structure.
This depends on the type of grafting, the size of the graft and your own particular healing! A full assessment of this can be made at your consultation at Lovesmile.
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