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When you have a missing tooth, the supporting jawbone can suffer from resorption — a breakdown of the jaw bone that worsens with time. Each day, your teeth gently touch each other, prompting the bone underneath each tooth to keep rebuilding and maintaining its density. A missing tooth stops this rebuilding of bone.
Resorption weakens the jaw and changes a person’s appearance, giving the face a ‘sunken’ look. Apart from the aesthetic factors, chronic pain in the jaw joint (TMJ) may result, as the gaps make it possible for the remaining teeth to shift position, causing bite relationship problems with the opposing teeth.
If you have missing teeth, you are probably well aware of problems with chewing your food — particularly raw fruits and vegetables — and the loss of self-confidence associated with this. One way to get back your confidence and maintain the overall health of your smile is with a bone graft for dental implants.
Dentures are one tooth replacement option, but they may allow the bone that used to surround your teeth to fade away. This is because a removable denture puts pressure directly on the bone surface, resulting in bone wear and inevitably causing the denture to start to lose its fit, slip and slide when you speak or eat.
Dental implants are a better long term option for most people, but prompt action to replace the missing tooth is important, as the gradual loss of jawbone required to support the implants can lead to more expensive treatment — bone grafting surgery may be required to stabilise the implant. With modern procedures, it’s even possible to create same-day teeth implants!
If you have insufficient bone to have an implant placed, then a bone grafting procedure can be performed. While surgery is a more involved treatment, getting a bone graft for dental implants is completely normal, common and safe.
A bone graft for dental implants is a procedure that replaces missing bone. In turn, this also assists your body in regrowing lost bone or mending jaw bone defects that can occur due to long-term missing teeth or infection. The new bone growth subsequently fortifies the grafted area by developing a bridge between the existing bone and the graft. The newly-formed bone then replaces most of the grafted material.
At CARE Dentistry, we offer a number of bone grafts for dental implants if there isn’t sufficient material to support a tooth replacement. One of these is a procedure known as Guided Bone Regeneration, which uses a membrane over the graft site that further encourages new bone to grow. It also thwarts the development of scar tissue in the grafted area.
We can also perform sinus augmentation, where the bone is added to the upper jaw area around the premolar and molar teeth. The ultimate aim of this delicate procedure is to have enough bone in the targeted location to support a dental implant — a service we also offer at our Sydney centre.
If you’re looking for a bone graft in Sydney, our local team has over 20 years of experience in complex aesthetic and implant maintenance. We’ll guide you through any questions you may have about surgical procedures, including dental implant costs and long-term rehabilitation plans.
If you think you may need a bone graft for dental implants, contact us directly or speak to your qualified healthcare practitioner for a referral today!