Dental implants are an excellent option for patients with missing teeth. At our Marylebone dental practice, implant dentist Dr David Madruga Gonzalez can replace one, some, or all of your missing teeth using implants – even if you have already experienced some bone loss.
Your own dentist may have told you that they cannot place dental implants because you lack bone density. Bone loss is a very common side-effect of losing your teeth, which happens because without the tooth roots in place the jaw bone is likely to start to resorb (shrink back). Whilst this can make implant surgery more complex, by no means is it impossible.
Dr Madruga Gonzalez accepts referrals of complex implant cases at his Marylebone clinic. Using the latest technology, he will first assess the level of bone density in the relevant jaw, before drawing up a customised treatment plan.
Bone grafts and sinus lifts
Bone grafts and sinus lifts are two procedures that are used to rebuild the density of the bone in the lower or upper jaw prior to the placement of dental implants. Dr Madruga Gonzalez has carried out many such procedures successfully here at our Marylebone dental practice.
Bone graft material may be your own bone from another site in your mouth, or may be a bone substitute biomaterial – which may be of animal or synthetic origin. This procedure is usually used in the lower jaw, whilst a sinus lift involves lifting the sinus cavity and packing the space with bone graft material.
These procedures are carried out under sedation at our Marylebone clinic. In some cases, dental implants may be placed at the same time, whilst in other cases, a healing period is required, after which your implants will be placed in a standard, minor surgical procedure.