Bonegrafting - If there is not enough bone
Shrinkage of the jaw
To place dental implants there has to be enough bone. However, after the teeth have been removed, the jaw will start shrinking. The amount of shrinkage differs from person to person. The longer you wait, the more the jaw will shrink. On the right hand side you will see an example: the red arrow shows the place where the jaw has shrunk.
Artificial bone instead of bone from the hip!
Sometimes it is necessary to graft the bone because the jaw shrank too much. Oral surgeons will often use bone which they harvest from the hip. You can imagine that these kind of treatments can have nasty complications. For this reason, in our treatment centre we try to use artificial bone. If it is really not possible to use this, there are other spots in the mouth from where we harvest useful bone. But: we always leave the hip intact!
A common procedure in oral implantology is grafting the sinus. This sinus is located above the (small) molars in the upper jaw. Because of ageing this sinus will enlarge. When molars are lost, the enlarging will become even greater. This is the reason why on this spot there is sometimes not enough bone to place dental implants. When this is the case, a part of the sinus will be grafted. The picture on the right hand side shows a sinus-lift procedure. First it shows the enlarging of the sinus, followed by the grafting of the space which is created in the sinus.
Also in this case we will use artificial bone and not bone from the hip!
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