Sometimes when the bone volume is less than ideal, we need to add some bone. This can be done in 2 ways, generally. In the first method, if the defect is small, we can use bone derivatives, which comes from either bovine or synthetic. The efficacy of both is discussed prior to their use and as to suitability. If the defect is larger, we may need to refer a patient for some of their own bone to be taken from the hip and transplanted. On other occasions we can take bone from sites inside the mouth and transplant it in our surgery, using special techniques and equipment.
After a suitable healing period we place the implants and carry out the normal prosthetic treatment once the implants have healed.
BELOW IS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MATERIALS WE USE TO AUGMENT BONE
BELOW IS AN X-RAY OF A BLOCK BONE GRAFT TAKEN FROM THE PATIENT'S CHIN TO AUGMENT A DEFICIENCY AT THE FRONT IN THE UPPER JAW. The screws are removed at the time of implant placement.
BELOW IS THE X-RAY OF THE FINAL RESULT OF THE BLOCK GRAFT (above) WITH AN IMPLANT AND CROWN.