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Bone Graft

With time, our bone density in the jaw begins to decrease. A loss of bone around implants becomes problematic therefore bone graft is a great solution. Dr. Tam Phan has been doing dental implant treatments for over 20 years, with not only the latest technologies but current evidence-based medicine and techniques.

When is a bone graft necessary?

When placing a dental implant, it is important that the jaw has a sufficient amount of bone that is dense. This is an important factor as the implant has to Osseo Integrate (where the implant integrates into the bone and is held stable). Naturally, as we age the density of our bone begins to decrease. This natural process can be accelerated through smoking (all forms), periodontal disease or areas that are missing dentition. If there are no roots or teeth present in the oral cavity, the bone will begin to resorb as there is no stimulation of the area.

The importance of jaw evaluation

Before dental implants are considered, the first step that the dentist will proceed with is a thorough examination of the oral cavity. At this point in time, the dentist will determine your needs for either one or multiple dental implants. During this appointment, there are radiographs taken to determine the thickness, density and depth of your jawbone in the area where the dental implants will be placed. If there is an insufficient amount of bone, the dentist will recommend a bone graft, which will come either from an external donor, artificial composition or the patient himself or herself.

The steps of a bone graft

  • The dentist will begin by using local anesthetic in the area followed by making an incision in the site.
  • The dentist will place the bone into the site along with a synthetic membrane to hold the bone graft in place. This synthetic membrane will also help isolate the area to stimulate the bone growth.
  • Following the weeks after the procedure, the site will begin to heal, and the bone graft will begin to integrate slowly into the jaw gaining volume and density. It is therefore very important to follow the dentist’s recommendations, instructions, prescribed medications to prevent any infections, pain or inflammation in this post-operatory time period.

Bone graft: an important intervention!

1. To restore the thickness and volume of the jawbone

The bone graft aims to correct a loss of bone density and volume in the jaw due to certain external factors such as age and/or missing dentition.

2. To ensure the success of dental implants

It is important to have a sufficient amount of bone around a dental implant that has great depth, density and volume to ensure that the implant integrates well into the jawbone.

3. A proven and tested procedure

The bone graft is done in house with the aid of the latest technologies. It is also highly recommended to follow the recommendations of Dr. Tam Phan to help the healing process.

4. Sustainable results

The bone graft has a stimulating effect in the jawbone so that when the dental implant is placed, it will help reduce any bone future bone loss.