Find out from the article:
- What does dental bone grafting mean?
- Bone graft before implantation: materials and techniques
- Do I need a dental bone graft?
- Where can a dental bone grafting be carried out?
What does dental bone grafting mean?
Dental bone grafting basically means, that the jaw bone is complemented. Previously to inserting a dental implant, the oral surgeon has to make sure that the patient has the sufficient amount of bone material.
Bone graft before implantation
Bone grafting or bone transplantation is a technique supporting reconstruction of lost teeth. There are different types of bone grafting materials, of which the three most commonly used ones are the artificial bone replacement material (manufactured synthetically), own bone mass (e.g. taken from the patient’s iliac crest) and animal bone material (e.g. cow bone).
The sinus lift and mini lift are the most common techniques of dental bone grafting. During a sinus lift, the oral surgeon lifts the floor of the maxillary sinus and fills the evolving brim with bone material. With this technique, approximately half of the upper jaw bone can be mended. In case of a mini lift, the oral surgeon complements a smaller section of the jaw bone.
Do I need a dental bone graft?
Adequate amount of jaw bone is essential for a successful dental implantation. Bone loss can occur as the result of inflammation of the bone tissue, and even tooth loss can cause the jaw bone to disintegrate in time. This is why we suggest to complement lost teeth as soon as possible. The oral surgeon examines the thickness, height and structure of the jaw bone during the review of the X-ray or CT, and decides, if a bone graft is necessary.
Where can a dental bone grafting be carried out?
Any qualified oral surgeon can carry out a dental bone grafting in a sufficiently equipped clinic. Similar to dental implantation, you can choose between local or general anaesthesia considering the surgery. Normally we prefer to do bone grafting and implantation in one sitting. However, these interventions take special qualifications and experience. All our colleagues possess competent experience and knowledge, and the most modern equipment stands at their disposal.