Because, like your natural teeth, dental implants need to be securely surrounded by bone.
Trauma, tumors, cysts, or missing teeth can cause bone stagnation or even bone loss. Bone surrounding a now-missing tooth will not regenerate; the longer the tooth has been gone the worse the bone condition can become.
Bone replacement material is designed to stimulate the regrowth of your actual bone. The body recognises the new material as part of the structure and, over time, integrates or replaces it, resulting in a stronger, unified jaw. While there are many types of bone replacement materials, synthetic bone grafts are the most common solution.
For recent tooth loss, it might be possible to replace the bone in the same appointment as the dental implant. A meeting with one of our dental professionals can confirm the health of the surrounding bone and tell you if this is a possibility.
Should the bone loss be more extensive, the process requires an additional appointment for the bone graft, which must then heal before the implant can be inserted. Again, our dentists can determine if this is a necessary step in your treatment.
In rare cases bone augmentation might be necessary. In this procedure a piece of bone from your own hip is removed, then secured in place with synthetic bone grafting material. Our dental professionals can of course perform this procedure, but please be aware that it will take place not in our dental clinic but in a hospital.
In all cases, bone replacement helps ensure the long term stability of your new dental implant so you can confidently chomp away.
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