Occasionally there isn’t enough bone for dental implants to be placed, but fear not, we have techniques available for us to rebuild lost bone.
This may be performed for reasons other than for dental implants, for example, to improve the appearance of teeth on a bridge. For dental implants, the bone graft may be carried out during the extraction of the tooth, at the same time as implant placement, or 4-6 months prior to the implant placements.
The need for regeneration is planned through our CT scanning technology.
Regeneration techniques vary from simple to complex and we cater for all outcomes. We are proud to offer our patients advanced oral surgery techniques under high-powered magnification by our specialist in this field.
How Does Bone Regeneration Work In Dentistry?
Occasionally, when you need certain dental procedures like dental implants, bridges or crowns, there is not enough bone in the jaw to facilitate these treatments. The reason for this lack of bone could be the result of periodontal disease that resulted in bone and tissue needing to be removed. But sometimes, it can simply be the result of poor genetics or other congenital defects. At The Dentist, we understand the reasons for requiring bone regeneration and have the skills and knowledge to ensure you receive the best care and treatment possible.
What Can I Expect During Bone Regeneration?
The process of bone regeneration is quite a lengthy one, but much of this is completed during the healing process. If you’ve already been cleared as a suitable candidate for bone regeneration, the next visit to The Dentist is when this process really begins. Your dentist will make use of CT Scanning Technology to get a clearer picture of what they have to work with. This scan also makes the process of planning and implementing your treatment quicker and with less complications.
The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic or you can choose sedation if you’re really nervous. The gum will be surgically cut and a piece of bone will be secured into your jaw. The stitches can usually be removed after a week. Depending on the condition of your gums, you may be given antibiotics. This is important to ensure the site of bone regeneration heals without the risk of infection. You can take over the counter pain medication if you experience any discomfort for a few days following this procedure. If all goes well following the procedure, the rest is a waiting game. Your jaw will heal and the dentist will wait until the bone regeneration process is complete before moving on to the follow-up treatment.
How Long Does The Process Of Bone Regeneration Take?
Bone regeneration is a long, slow process. The bone can take several months to heal and regenerate and your dentist will wait until your jaw, especially the regenerated part, is strong enough to withstand additional treatments. This is especially important if your next treatment is a dental implant. The site of the new bone transplant needs to be sufficiently strong and stable enough before an implant can be placed in the jaw.
What Are The Benefits Of Bone Regeneration?
Bone regeneration has the benefit of replacing lost or damaged bone and tissue in your jaw. It also provides health and aesthetic benefits as you will have more stability and better oral health. Another notable benefit is that a bone regeneration gives you better options for the long term, especially if you need additional dental treatments. In particular, procedures such as dental implants, crowns and bridges will be more stable, meaning they will also have a greater chance of success. Bone regeneration is complicated, but when done right, as it will be at The Dentist, you have a permanent solution to many dental issues.