Rebuilding bone that has melted away
When teeth are lost, sometimes the bone shrinks and reduces in size. When too much bone shrinkage has occurred, there is not enough bone available to place a dental implant. In these situations, we need to consider methods to increase the volume of bone available either in width or height or both, in order to place dental implants.
Bone grafting procedures rebuild bone that has melted away due to gum disease or due to a missing tooth. Bone grafting can be done via procedures such as Guide Bone Regeneration (GBR) or Ridge Splitting. These procedures aim to increase the bone volume where there are missing teeth before dental implants are placed.
A wide range of materials are used for bone grafting. They can be harvested from other parts in your own jaw, animal sources (bovine or porcine) and man-made sources such as Beta Tri-Calcium Phosphate.
Occasionally implants can be placed simultaneously as bone grafting, but when there is not enough bone to make the implant stable, we wait for a healing period of 4-9 months.
Dr See uses the latest treatments and cutting edge technology to simplify bone grafting procedures. This results in a more comfortable process and can shorten treatment times.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.