Bone grafting procedures at DentalCarePlus

Do you need a bone graft for dental implants? DentalCarePlus our experienced implant dentists perform all types of dental implant supporting procedures, including the full range of bone grafting procedures in order to ensure that there is sufficient bone for dental implants to be securely placed.

A dental dentist needs to undergo specialised training to carry out bone grafting procedures. Success rates are usually very high if a bone grafting procedure is carried out by a trained and experienced implant dentist and with strict aftercare instructions followed.

See also other oral surgery procedures, sinus lift and soft tissue grafting.

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Why do I have bone loss?

There are numerous reasons why you may have insufficient bone. Some of the common reasons for bone loss and bone volume deterioration include:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease – Gum disease break down gum and bone tissue fairly rapidly and the teeth become loose or unstable as a result.
  • Tooth extraction – If you have had teeth extracted, the space remaining sometimes affects the adjacent teeth and the bone will begin to deteriorate.
  • Infection – Infections in the mouth can lead to jaw bone loss over time.
  • Injury – Impact to the mouth can lead to the bone loss.
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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 £295, 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

Bone grafting procedures at DentalCarePlus

DentalCarePlus perform all types of dental bone grafting procedures, including:

Socket preservation

Socket preservation is a procedure in which graft material is placed in the socket of an extracted tooth at the time of extraction in order to reduce the amount of bone loss which occurs and preserve the area in the mouth which supports the root of the tooth.

Following a tooth extraction the jaw bone in the area where the tooth has been taken out usually reduces in thickness. Socket preservation acts to prevent the reduction in thickness enabling a dental implant to be placed. In the event that socket preservation is not carried out before the placement of an implant Ridge Augmentation surgery will be necessary.

An adequate thickness and structure of the jaw bone is essential for implant surgery to be carried out. Socket Preservation is an important procedure which ensures the structure of the socket is suitable for implantation. It is also important to carry out the procedure due to any loss in jawbone thickness affecting the shape of the patient’s facial appearance.

Guided bone regeneration

Without sufficient bone, cosmetic problems, recession of the gums and exposure and loss of the implant may occur. Guided bone regeneration (GBR) is a surgical technique where bone is regenerated by using particulate bone grafting material and a membrane.

GBR uses collagen membranes to contain the growth of new bone within an area where there is insufficient bone for function, aesthetics or a prosthetic restoration.

GBR helps the development of hard tissues and is predominantly used in the oral cavity to support new bone growth on an alveolar ridge to allow stability after the placement of dental implants. GBR is a reliable procedure, when the dental surgeon has the requisite experience.

Block bone graft

Without sufficient bone, cosmetic problems, recession of the gums and exposure and loss of the implant may occur.

In cases of severe horizontal or vertical loss, a block bone graft aims to restore the original anatomy of the site.

Block bone grafting is a dental surgical technique which uses bone from elsewhere on patents body – usually the jaw (ramus) – to replace the missing bone.

Unlike many other tissue types in the human body, bone tissue regenerates itself and will grow into a space available. Over time, the grafted material is replaced as the bone grows and integrated with the existing bone.

A block bone graft procedure is carried in order to thicken bone so a dental implant can be placed.

Ridge preservation

Dental alveolus (plural: alveoli) are the tooth sockets in the jawbone in which the roots of the teeth are located. The ridge of the jawbone where the teeth enter the bone is called the Alveolar Ridge, and the width of this ridge can vary greatly from person to person, from 3mm up to 8mm.

In order to place implants in a thin alveolar ridge, the ridge needs to be split and widened. This sounds horrific, but with a sharp chisel-like hand instrument the outer cortex layer of the alveolar ridge can easily be split and widened by an experienced clinician.

In most cases a dental implant can be placed immediately after the ridge split, because the bone grows back into the gap created and integrates with the implant as it would do quite normally in a straightforward implant placement case.


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