If you have lived with a missing tooth for a while, your jaw bone naturally starts to disappear without the tooth to provide structure. In some cases of severe gum disease, the bone tissue can become under attack from a more aggressive immune system.
If you are considering dental implants, you will first need to have a sufficient volume of jaw bone to support the implant. If we discover that you don’t have enough bone for implants, we can put you forward for bone grafting.
What does the treatment involve?
There are different ways in which we can help restore the jaw bone. We can take bone tissue from other areas and add it to the site of the implant. This is the most effective method as you naturally accept your own bone tissue more readily than another type. We can use a regeneration treatment that encourages your bone to naturally grow, however this takes far longer than a simple bone graft.
A sinus lift is a specific type of bone graft that adds bone to the upper jaw. So there’s enough room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be lifted. We add the bone graft in the space where the sinus was, adding volume to the upper jaw. It takes time for the graft to be fully accepted by the existing bone. Once this has fully healed, we can place any implants.