At Centre Dentaire Anjou, we rely on the expertise of specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery. They are the most qualified to perform a bone graft. This surgery is sometimes necessary when the jawbone is not of sufficient quality for dental implants to anchor securely.
Find out the reasons why a bone graft may be necessary as part of implantology treatment, the steps for this procedure and important information about it by reading further.
Understanding How Dental Implants Work
Bone grafting surgery is sometimes performed prior to the placement of a dental implant or several dental implants. Implants are titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, the jawbone fuses to the implant as it heals. This process usually takes a few months. This allows the dental implant to be strong and accommodate different types of dental restorations as needed. Indeed, replacement solutions for missing teeth with implant dentistry are the most effective in mimicking natural teeth.
Why perform a bone graft?
When a person loses a tooth or a few teeth, it has a direct effect on the jawbone in which the roots of the teeth are normally anchored. Indeed, the absence of the roots of the teeth which are missing causes the bone to stop being stimulated. In other words, bone cells no longer regenerate. Consequently, the bone becomes less dense, or its volume is no longer sufficient for an implant to be inserted. This is why, before considering the placement of dental implants, one must always have a consultation and a complete examination which includes X-rays and 3D scan. The 3D scan allows the professional to visualize in 3 dimensions all the structures of the dentition and jaws, including the jawbone. The quality of the latter is essential in the success of the placement of dental implants.
Qualified Dental Specialists for Bone Grafting at Centre Dentaire Anjou
The oral and maxillofacial surgeon is without a doubt the professional to consult when in need of a bone graft. Due to additional training and several internships in university and hospital settings, they are able to perform more complex surgeries. At our dental clinic, we rely on dentists specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery. They are supported by a solid dental team, made up of many professionals, general and specialized dentists.
How is a bone graft done?
If, as part of your dental implant treatment plan, your surgeon has determined that you need a bone graft to improve the quality of the bone in your jaw.
here are the steps that will be followed :
- Planning : The surgery for the bone graft is carefully planned. To do this, the 3D scan is an essential technological tool, since it allows the patient’s morphology to be very precisely assessed. When planning, we select the type of graft to use. This can be taken from the patient himself, from a donor bank, or from animal or synthetic sources.
- Surgery : The surgery involves making an incision in the soft tissues of the area to be treated, to gain access to the bone. The graft is then placed, and it is covered with a membrane to protect it. Postoperative instructions are given and explained to the patient to promote healing and the success of the bone graft.
- Healing and aftercare : During healing, the graft naturally integrates into the jawbone and turns into bone cells. Follow-up appointments may be necessary to assess the healing of the bone graft.
Once the bone graft is completed and well integrated, which usually takes a few months, we can proceed with the rest of the implantology treatment plan.
Bone grafting helps restore sufficient volume to the jawbone, to ensure a successful installation of the dental implants. For a bone graft at Centre Dentaire Anjou or for any questions about dental implant therapy, our team is there for you!