Whenever a tooth is lost, it doesn’t take long for the bone in the surrounding area to degenerate. This is natural, and it happens to everyone who loses a tooth. The only way to prevent the bone from degenerating is to replace the lost tooth. Though this is a possibility for most people, it does require a certain level of bone tissue. If you do not have enough bone tissue, you may require a bone graft.
A bone graft is the process of adding additional bone tissue to the area where a tooth is missing. When there is insufficient bone tissue, it becomes more challenging and less predictable for placing dental implants.
Is Bone Grafting Required for All Dental Implants?
Bone grafting isn’t required for all dental implants, which is good news. However, if there is insufficient bone tissue then it is a necessity. Before fitting any dental implants, Weybridge Dental Practice takes the time to examine the area and we are able to determine whether or not a bone graft is needed. We use state of the art low dose 3D X-ray scanning to accurately plan the whole process digitally. Sometimes if bone grafts can be avoided by using either short or narrow implants.
Different Types of Bone Grafting
Before we get started with any bone grafting treatments, we take the time to explain the different recommendations to you. The different bone grafting options include:
- Guided Bone Augmentation – This is the most common type of bone grafting and it’s something we do often at Weybridge Dental Practice. The result is very natural looking, and this is what makes it popular. With guided bone augmentation, we add a material to the area around the implant, so the dental implant blends in with the rest of the teeth. This ensures it doesn’t look false or out of place.
- Block Grafts – Block Grafts are a little more radical, but they also work well. If a lot of bone has been lost from the area where the tooth was, we will use bone from elsewhere to restore it. However, this is often the last resort.
When you choose Weybridge Dental Practice for bone grafting treatment, you are choosing a team of experienced dental professionals. Thanks to our experience and passion for what we do, we’re able to offer an unmatched dental service. All of our dental practitioners are fully trained and dedicated to postgraduate development, which means you are guaranteed a high-quality service. We understand that undergoing a dental treatment can be daunting, which is why we work hard to make the process as straightforward as possible. If you have any questions or worries about bone grafting, get in touch with one of our team of practitioners. There’s always an expert on hand to help.