Bone Grafting at DentalCarePlus Implant Centres
Bone loss in the mouth can be problematic for dental implant treatment, since implants require sufficient bone volume to anchor them. Bone restoration surgery is a practice that augments additional bone mass in order that implants of a correct size can be surgically placed with high levels of success.
Bone grafting makes it possible for people with inadequate bone to benefit from dental implants; allowing them to look forward to having a solution for missing teeth using implants, all credit to bone graft procedures.
Bone grafting is a cosmetic dental surgical procedure to replace bone which surrounds the root of a tooth when the original bone in the affected area has been decayed due to disease. The grafted material may be synthetic, taken from the patient or another donor.
The grafted bone acts as a foundation which enables the re-growth of the patients own bone and also helps to hold the existing tooth in place. The procedure is often carried out with tissue regeneration surgery in order to cover any exposed bone or roots.
Bone grafting methods
The different methods used by dental surgeons to carry out bone augmentation include:
- Onlay Bone Graft – this method is typically used when the patient’s bone has diminished as a result of a long period of tooth loss. With this procedure, the bone grafting material is applied by the dental surgeon to the side or on top of the existing bone material; healing time is required to allow integration of the newly grafted material with the native bone, after which the implants are then placed.
- Block Bone Graft – this method is uses blocks of bone to build up the existing bone. The block is cut to size in order to be fitted into the area that requires augmentation. Once placed, it is secured by bone screws. A healing period is required to allow the newly grafted material to integrate with the native bone, following integration the bone screws are removed and implants placed.
- Particulate Bone Graft – this technique is carried out with the use of small particles of cancellous (spongy) and cortical (compact) bone matter. This method is widely regarded to offer the quickest treatment times in comparison to the other two methods mentioned above, this is due to the bone graft material quickly integrating with the pre-existing bone.
High quality bone grafting materials at DentalCarePlus
The bone restoration material is obtained from various sources:
- We use ‘Mineross’ by BioHorizons (USA) for our Human (‘Allograft’) donor biomaterials;
- We use ‘Bio-Oss’ by Geistlich (CH) for our animal (‘Xenograft’) biomaterials;
- From the patient’s own body (typically from the hip or pelvis);
- Artificial bone (created in a laboratory).
Bone grafting – questions, costs and referral services
- For any all bone grafting-related questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment coordinators.
- The cost of a bone graft starts from £550, and depends on size, complexity and material used
- Since DentalCarePlus are renowned for very competitive prices, we are acutely aware that the cost of a dental implant treatment – especially when a bone graft procedure is also required – is not insignificant for most people.
- Are you a referring dentist who has patients with bone loss? If you wish to refer a patient to us for a bone graft procedure, see Referrals
- Refer to our FAQ page for more useful information