Have you been told you are not suitable for a dental implant because you don’t have enough healthy bone in your jaw?
Loss of bone in your jaw, or bone ‘atrophy’ is the body’s normal response to: tooth loss, infection, gum disease and trauma. Bone grafting or ‘augmentation’, is the technique used to re-build bone that has been lost from the structure of the jaw. Dental implants only function well for the long term and provide an aesthetic replacement for a natural tooth when completely submerged and surrounded by healthy bone.Book your free consultation
One of the important decisions to be made at the dental implant consultation, or assessment stage, is, how much bone is available and what is the 3d shape
of the bone at the planned implant position. This assessment is done initially through visual examination, palpation of the bone ridge and possibly
with the aid of an existing conventional 2d digital x-ray.
Here at Chris Wood Dental Implant Solutions we employ ‘low dose’ 3d imaging using Cone Beam CT, that provides an accurate 3d xray image which can be manipulated by sophisticated computer software to allow accurate measurement of the area under consideration. This software also allows the ‘virtual’ positioning of an implant at the planned position to accurately determine whether the ideal amount of bone is present, or if not, then the shape and volume of bone to be grafted or ‘augmented’.
Two broad types of bone grafting are available to us - a) Guided Bone Regeneration where human, animal, plant or synthetic material in the form of granules are moulded and adapted to the bone defect, covered with a collagen membrane and allowed to heal under the gum, or b) Block Grafting, where a block of bone (human or animal) is positioned in the defect and allowed to heal prior to placement of the implant.
We have had great success with both of these techniques. In fact, Chris is one of the few implantologists in the UK to pioneer techniques developed by Professor Giesenhagen in Stuttgart (Botiss bone ring ® and Botiss Bone Builder ®). He has made several trips to Germany and also to Vienna medical school to perfect his skills with these treatments.
Complications or failures are exceptionally rare, which means that patients presenting with the challenges of reduced bone volume, who have healthy mouths, can nearly always enjoy the benefits that implant treatment can provide.
- Not enough bone volume
- Teeth lost many years ago leading to reduced bone volume
- Gum disease has led to bone loss
- Trauma or infection has deteriorated bone quality or volume
- Insufficient bone would otherwise lead to a compromised treatment outcome
- Thorough assessment of remaining bone volume
- If bone augmentation indicated, decision about which technique will bring the best outcome
- Provision of most relevant implant solution to deliver:
- Improved dental function
- Enhanced confidence and appearance