Jaw Bones: They Come and Go

Tooth replacement is important as leaving gaps between the teeth can cause jaw bone loss and similar dental issues. This transpires because the bone naturally diminishes when it is not holding any tooth or implant. That is why practitioners reiterate the importance of having implants as soon as possible.

jaw bonesBut, sometimes the damage is already done before patients fully understand why it is necessary to have implants. People do not have to worry about bone loss, though. Now, there are ways to repair and grow new bones – guided bone regeneration and bone grafting – that are already a part of dental routines.

How the Procedures Work

Practitioners use bone grafting to replace missing bone with a material that helps the body regrow lost bone. This procedure leads to the formation of a bridge between the graft and the existing bone, which allows the new bone growth to strengthen the grafted site. Over time, this will replace much of the grafted material. Guided bone regeneration (GBR), meanwhile, involves the placement of a membrane over the grafted area to encourage further bone regrowth and prevent the development of scar tissue.

What to Expect from Them

Patients undergoing GBR and bone grafting will be under local anaesthesia (with or without IV sedation) or seldom general anaesthesia. The procedures themselves are painless, but patients may experience swelling and mild to moderate discomfort post-procedure, especially if it also involves tooth extraction.

Are These Two Successful?

Recent developments with the procedures and equipment substantially increased the success rate of the re-growing the bone and resolving bony defects. But, success rate still depends mainly on the particular purpose of the procedures. Plus, the overall health of the patient determines the degree of regrowth.

With David Madruga, dentists in Marylebone, you can get more than just conventional dental implant procedures. He offers GBR and Bone Grafting to provide you with a more reliable tooth replacement treatment. No need to worry about the complications of these techniques as Dr Madruga underwent extensive training in GBR and Bone Grafting, as well as managing hard and soft tissues, to provide the most suitable solution for you.

Book an appointment for adequate assessment and treatment planning from us to get you started.