The bones of your jaw act as the foundation for an implant but without sufficient bone support it is not possible to replace a missing tooth with an implant. Bone can be lost in a number of ways: gum disease, abscesses, trauma, and tooth extraction can all lead to bone loss.
At your implant assessment appointment, we will take a three dimensional scan (cone beam CT) of your mouth to determine exactly how much bone there is available. If there is insufficient bone, we can regenerate the missing tissue by means of a bone graft. This involves placing an artificial material underneath the gum which, in time, fuses with your own bone to provide a solid foundation for a dental implant. Small bone grafts may be carried out at the same time as implant placement, whereas larger grafts are generally carried out as a separate procedure and allowed mature for 6 to 9 months before an implant is placed.
The pictures provided below are real-life cases our clinicians have treated in 3 Dental: