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Dr Ilja Sapiro MSc

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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting (or onlay bone grafting)

For some people, bone loss after the removal or loss of teeth leaves them without enough bone in the jaw to secure dental implants.

The results are proven and astonishing. dental implants can look, feel and be as robust as your natural teeth!

Our highly experienced and renowned team can provide bone grafting as a solution. A small amount of bone is used from the back of the patients jaw or from the chin area and screwed into the area which has the bone deficiency (and where dental implants are to be placed).

Typical steps for bone grafting

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This example is assuming that a patient does not have enough bone in the front of the upper jaw. Initially the patient is sedated for maximum comfort. The gum flap is detached from the jaw bone (indicated by the yellow lines).

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Once the gum flap is detached from the jaw bone, small holes are made into the jaw bone. (These holes help the additional bone to integrate with the jaw bone, creating robust bone).

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Bone is taken from the back of the patients jaw or chin area (known as block grafts) and secured over the jaw bone with small titanium screws. Irradiated cancellous bone is also added (sterile manufactured bone) to aid the integration process between the block graft and the jaw bone.

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The bone is left to heal for a period between 2-3 months. After this period the bone will have fully integrated and robust enough to accommodate dental implants.

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