The width and height of the jawbone can shrink following the loss of teeth. This lack of bone may be related to the circumstances that led to your tooth loss, such as gum disease, the actual tooth extraction procedure, the length of time the tooth/teeth have been missing and the presence of a denture. Fortunately, we are able to perform bone grafting procedures to regenerate some of this lost bone.
Some grafting techniques were derived from periodontal treatment in the 80s and produce even more predictable results. Minor bone grafting can be carried out simultaneously with the placement of dental implants, while more substantial bone loss requires preliminary bone grafting, to develop sufficient bone volume prior to the placement of implants, which usually can occur six months later.
Reduced need for invasive procedures
Materials And Science
Thanks to mushrooming scientific research in biomaterials from the 80s onwards, we are able to utilise clinically proven bio-materials and techniques for bone grafting.
This means that most patients can undergo implant treatment with little need for invasive procedures that require bone harvesting from extra-oral sites like the hip and ribs.
Furthermore, hospitalisation and general anaesthesia are usually not required.
Our Implant Treatment Philosophy
The continuous growth in the demand for implant replacements can be attributed to their high success rates. This is supported by human clinical research, dating back 50 years, which demonstrates success rates in excess of 95%. Our own positive experience with patients over the last 20 years, confirms this.
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