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Bone Graft

Over time, the density of the jaw bones tends to decrease. A loss of bone volume can be problematic for the placement of dental implants. However, a solution exists to remedy this problem: bone grafting. Thanks to their expertise in implant surgery and state-of-the-art surgical equipment, the dentists at Center Dentaire NP will be able to perform this procedure if necessary.

When is a Bone Graft Necessary?

When placing a dental implant, it is important that the jawbone is thick enough and that the bone is dense enough. This is an important factor as the implant has to under go osseointegration (where the implant integrates into the bone and is held stable). As we age naturally, the density of our bone begin to decrease. This natural process can be accelerated through smoking (all forms), by the presence of periodontal disease or when there are empty spaces on the jaw. As the tooth root stimulates the bone, the jawbone will begin to resorb when one or more teeth are missing in the oral cavity.

The Importance of Jaw Evaluation

When dental implants are considered, the dentist will perform a thorough oral examination to determine if the patient is ready to receive an implant. Detailed x-rays are taken to determine the thickness, density and depth of the jawbone at the site of implantation. If there is an insufficient amount of bone, the dentist will recommend a bone graft, which may be of artificial composition, or come from an external donor or the patient themselves.

The Steps of a Bone Graft

Even if the bone grafting procedure is spread out over a long period, the implementation is relatively simple:

  • After anesthetizing the site, the dentist makes an incision and then secures the bone graft.
  • The dentist then covers the graft with a synthetic membrane to hold it in place. This synthetic membrane will also help isolate the area to stimulate the bone growth.
  • During the following weeks, the site heals and the graft gradually integrates into the jawbone, restoring volume and density. It is also important to follow the dentist's post-operative advice and, if necessary, to take the prescribed medication in order to prevent infections and reduce pain and swelling.

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 teeth.

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 at our clinic 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. Lasting Results

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