For your dental implant to be stable, you need to have enough healthy bone in your jaw. If you lost a tooth some time ago, the bone in your jaw may already have deteriorated. Likewise, if you’ve had an injury, a tumour or there’s a bone defect you were born with, you may not have enough healthy bone to hold the dental implant in place.
In this case, Dr van Mourik may recommend bone grafting to increase the amount of healthy bone in the area.
To add extra bone to the implant area, bone may be harvested from another part of your jaw or from your hip bone. Synthetic or animal bone graft material can also be used.
There are two types of bone grafting techniques
- Simultaneous implant placement and bone grafting: when bone loss is moderate, grafting and implant placement can be done at the same time
- Staged bone graft: in some cases of severe bone loss, the graft is first done and after several months of healing the implant is placed.