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So far we have covered the building blocks that are part of routine implant placement. This has included the initial examination and diagnosis, sedation during surgery and what to expect after the implants have been placed. However, for some people, bone loss after the removal or loss of teeth leaves them without enough to secure an implant.

Sinus augmentation – In the upper jaw above the back teeth, it is possible to increase the height of bone available by creating new bone in the sinus. This procedure is called a ‘sinus augmentation’. A skilled surgeon can deliver very predictable results in this location and without the general success of this technique many patients would be unable to have dental implants in a part of the mouth where teeth are so commonly missing.

Onlay grafting – There are many ways in which bone can be added to, however one simple concept is to take a piece of bone from somewhere else and secure it as an ‘onlay graft’ to a deficient area. The new piece of bone will slowly join to the underlying region and when healed and mature, an implant can be placed in a more favourable position.

See the following case studies for an example:

Case Study – Dental Implants

When Nicola Lewin contacted us her upper and lower jaws were badly affected by gum disease, her teeth were loose and the x-ray showed excessive bone loss. Our experienced dental team …

Case Study – Teeth replacement

Fighting a loosing battle to gum disease, all of this patient teeth were mobile and there were visible signs of bone loss. Dr. Kaman, who placed over 13,000 dental implants …