Implants & Grafting

Bone Grafting

Following removal of a tooth, the surrounding bone begins to resorb and shrink.  This is a natural and normal process and is progressive with time.  This poses challenges in placing an implant as there is insufficient bone to support the fixture. To replace lost bone or strengthen existing bone, a graft is placed and over 6-months, replicates the structure and role of a normal tooth socket.  This then provides a suitable platform to allow an implant to be placed.

Dental Implant surgery

Implants are considered the gold standard in replacing a missing tooth or one requiring future extraction. They are also highly effective in replacing multiple teeth or stabilising a removable dental prosthesis.

Implants are a titanium screw that serve to replace the function of a tooth root.  Once placed, they require approximately 3 months to become fused to the bone and become stable.  A prosthodontist or general dentist can then plan to connect the white porcelain crown to the implant.

The journey and suitability of having an implant is dependent on the patient’s medical history, how long the tooth has been missing and the site in the mouth requiring the procedure.

This procedure along with the bone graft can be performed under general anaesthetic as a day procedure or under local anaesthetic within the clinic. This is dependent on patient preference and the complexity of the procedure.