Implants can be utilized in a range of prosthetic need:
- replacement for single missing tooth
- replacement for multiple missing teeth
- improve retention of conventional dentures
- replacement for entire dental arches
Whether for replacing a single tooth or an entire mouth, implant supported prosthesis are long lasting, naturally feeling teeth replacements. Rediscover the pleasure you had enjoying food and laughing with friends and family!
What is bone grafting ?
Some individuals, especially those who have loss their teeth for extended lengths of time, often have inadequate quality and quantity of bone. In such cases, augmentation to provide a solid foundation prior to implantation may be necessary.
Bone grafting is done in order to replace bone that have been loss where a tooth is missing and also promote bone growth in that area. This allows proper site development and enables the dentist to place implants of a suitable length and width to support the replacement tooth.
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Different types of bone grafts
At Smiles on Queen, our dentists use different types of bone grafts to restore bone quality and quantity.
Autografts: This is simply bone that has been harvested from yourself, such as from the chin, jaw, or hip. The benefit of using autographs is that they are from your own body, and can stimulate new bone growth on its own.
Allografts: Processed bone material derived are from a donor bank (similar to a blood bank). This type of bone graft cannot produce new bone on its own, but serves as a framework conducive to new bone growth. Thus, it is eventually dissolved and replaced with new bone produced by your own body.
Xenograft: Similar to an allograft, but from an animal source (such as bovine or porcine). These geenrally take longer to turnover and are suitable for situations where a longer lasting ‘bone framework’ is desired.
Alloplasts: Bone graft substitutes that are made from synthetic materials can also be used. These are safe and proven alternatives to live/real bone.
Discuss with your dentist to better understand the pros and cons of each type of bone graft.
What are sinus lifts ?
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that is designed to add bone to the upper jaw area, usually in the molar region. Due to the close proximity of your sinus (air space in your skull) to the roots of upper molars, often times when teeth are lost in that region, there is minimal amount of bone left.
Sinus augmentation, which involves ‘lifting’ the sinus floor and stimulating bone growth in that area, is recommended if you lack adequate bone height in the upper jaw prior to implant placement.