Bone graft and sinus lift

Patients who lose some or all of their natural teeth may experience bone loss, or resorption, when the jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth shrinks back and dissolves.

A bone graft may be required to restore the bone in the affected are until it is of sufficient density to support dental implants.

What is a Bone Graft?

A bone graft procedure involves the use of your own bone tissue, donor bone from a bone bank or synthetic material to rebuild the bone in the jaw so that it can support a dental implant.

Bone generally has the ability to regenerate completely if provided the space into which to grow. As native bone grows, it will generally replace the graft material completely, resulting in a fully integrated region of new bone. Most bone grafts are expected to be reabsorbed and replaced as the natural bone heals over a few months.

ENDORET® Technology and the Bone Grafting Process

At Shields Dental, we use a revolutionary new technology called ENDORET (prgf) to help speed up the bone grafting and healing process.

ENDORET (prgf) is based on the extraction and use of the patient’s own proteins for the stimulation of bone healing and regeneration.

Endoret increases the blood supply to the bone graft and encourages the formation of new bone.

Also, when the surface of a dental implant is wetted with ENDORET liquid, a fibrin membrane is formed which adheres to the surface of the dental implant and releases growth factors which improves the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is where the bone and dental implant become structurally connected.

When is a Sinus Lift Required?

Sinus LiftA sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed.

The procedure is one in which the sinus lining is lifted to make room for the growth of new bone (following a bone graft) so that the implants can then be placed.

There are several reasons why a patient may not have sufficient bone height in the upper jaw to support dental implants:

  • Tooth Loss – Some people who have lost upper molars (or premolars) do not have enough bone for implants to be placed. Once teeth are gone, bone begins to be resorbed (absorbed back into the body). If teeth have been missing for a long time, there often is not enough bone left to place implants.

  • Gum Disease – Bone may have been lost due to gum (periodontal) disease.

  • The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw – for implants to be placed.

Sinus lifts have become common during the last 15 years as more people get dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Your Consultation with Shields Dental & Implant Clinic

Call 061 480 070 for an appointment or please read on for details of the various implant treatments available at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick.

  • Free Consultation worth €150
  • Experienced dentist with over 24 years experience in dentistry
  • Over 1000 cases treated
  • Appointments available 7 days a week
  • 0% finance for the course of treatment which is typically 6 months or you can avail of a bespoke dental loan from Caherdavin credit union
  • Complimentary teeth whitening treatment available to Implant patients

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions that patients at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick have asked us about Bone Grafting and Sinus Lift.

Bone graft for dental implant surgeries are performed in various stages. First, the dentist assesses the area where implanting will take place. It’s at this stage that they decide whether bone grafting is necessary.

If it’s imperative, the bone grafting procedure begins by determining the amount of bone needed in your jaw. The dentist then takes a section of bone from another area of your body – most likely the hip. Today, there are other special bone grafting materials that dentists can use.

They can also use alternative bone sources like getting bone from a cadaver or an animal. This saves the patient from having two wounds at the same time. After getting the bone, they graft it into the jaw and leave it to heal.

The healing process can take several months (about three to six months) to allow for enough and strong bone to grow. When it’s fully grown, the dentist now places the metallic dental implants into the jawbone. This may also take a few months to heal.

Finally, the periodontist will install the abutment (an extension of the dental implants) into the jaw before carrying out the artificial tooth installation.

After the procedure, you can expect to experience minor oral discomfort. This includes gum or facial swelling, minor bleeding, or a little pain. But the problems will disappear fast.

You will be given some antibiotics to take home, and your dentist will put on you on some dietary restrictions. You’re only required to consume soft foods during the healing period.