We are not tied to a supplier and use the best approach for each patient, although the Osstem video illustrates a proven way to regenerate bone.
A titanium membrane to fit the area is chosen, to support a bone graft during healing. This prevents movement of the graft, whilst allowing optimal blood supply and growth, the membrane is removed after regeneration is complete.
A good proportion of patients will be able to have implants without prior treatment but with long term success the priority, a healthy base for the implant is an important factor.
A careful review takes place prior to implants, a dental exam, x-rays, or 3D imaging, discussion of your medical history, medication you may be taking. Creating a treatment plan tailored to you and your jawbone is the key.
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Dental implants are effective due to a process called osseointegration, where your bone fuses with the titanium implant, bringing strength and solidity.
Prior treatment may not be on the bone as such, there could be other dental issues, or periodontal disease which need care. Your jawbone will still need to be of sufficient quality and profile to support lifetime implants.
Bone reconstruction can be required following an accident, the removal of a cyst, or tumour, or because of longer term erosion. In specialist hands, this is a safe process.
The width, or height of the ridge where the implant will be added can need building out, or the tooth socket itself. In rarer cases, bone regeneration may be required to prevent issues in the area containing your sinuses.
There are times when bone grafts can be carried out in conjunction with fitting implants, although a healing period is quite common. Grafts can be taken from your own body, use natural alternatives, or synthetic biomaterials.
Human bone has an innate ability to renew but often needs assistance. Your implantologist will discuss options with you, to create a situation where your implanted tooth roots are as strong as those for your natural teeth.
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Implantology is a significant part of our West London practice and we have the required skills on board, including an experienced oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Multi-disciplinary work with an orthodontist, or periodontist is available.
Assessment before deciding on implants will be thorough, as will any additional treatment you need. Our team are up to date and follow the latest research, such as 3D bioprinting, to engineer replacement tissue, or supports.
Techniques chosen for our patients are nevertheless well proven and effective. Dental implants for life should be available to a wide range of people, careful restoration and preparation ensure they are.