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Bone Grafting

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone Grafting in Finchley

A bone graft procedure is done to improve the volume of the jawbone, which may have deteriorated due to gum disease, trauma, or missing teeth. Bone grafting is needed to add to the bone, so it can be tall and strong enough to support dental implants and hold them in place. It can also be done to preserve the bone structure after tooth loss, preventing the further worsening of bone deterioration in the area.

Bone augmentation is needed if the jawbone is naturally thin or has progressively become thinner after tooth loss. Bone grafting material is used to increase the volume of the jaw, where it will successfully fuse with the surrounding tissue after a healing period. After the bone graft, the augmented jawbone will have sufficient mass to securely anchor the dental implants.

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Bone Grafting in finchley

Types of Bone Graft Materials

  • Autografts – bone graft material taken from the patient’s own body, typically from another part of the jaw or the hip area.
  • Allografts – material obtained from another human source, such as those that can be bought from a human tissue bank. 
  • Xenografts – bone graft material that is taken from an animal source (from an animal tissue bank). 
  • Alloplasts – synthetic material used for as a bone graft material, and example of which is calcium phosphate.

Types of Bone Graft Materials

  • Sinus Augmentation

Also called a sinus, the procedure involves lifting the sinus floor to give way to the bone graft material. This is done to improve the height or volume of the upper jaw so that dental implants can be placed successfully. 

  • Socket Graft

This procedure is done at the same time a tooth is extracted. The bone graft material is placed on the extraction area to prevent bone loss, which will develop once a natural tooth is lost. 

  • Block Bone Graft

This method is used to resolve severe bone deterioration in the front area of the jaw due to tooth loss and other reasons. In this case, the bone is usually taken from the area near the third molars, at the back of the jawbone.

Bone Grafting Procedure

  • Local anesthetic is administered to keep the area numb throughout the procedure.
  • After cleaning the area, an incision is made in the gums to gain access to the bone underneath.
  • The gum tissue is moved back to separate it from the bone. 
  • After disinfecting the area, the bone graft material is placed in the area of the jawbone that needs to be improved. 
  • The grafting material can be secured in place using screws or a material that dissolves in time.
  • The gum tissue is placed back in position and stitched.
  • The bone graft material is left to integrate with the jawbone tissue. After the bone graft procedure that improves the structure of the jawbone, it is now robust enough to support dental implants.