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The purpose of the procedure – After teeth are removed, the supporting bone around the teeth slowly dissolves away. This also occurs when prolonged gum problems have been present. The result is insufficient bone to support implants. New bone may be grown, which allows implants to be placed later. Occasionally, wholly synthetic materials are used. We have a range of bone substitute materials which are used to create a scaffold which the body then grows new bone into and gradually replace the graft material.
Implant placement – The added bone is left to mature before implants are placed. Depending on the amount of bone being grown implants may be placed after 4-9 months. Occasionally it may be necessary to wait a little longer.
The final restorative procedures – Implants are left to become firmly attached to bone for 4-9 months before a denture, crown or bridgework is fitted to them.
Immediate Post-operative Effects – Some patients have little or no problems at all. Some have bruising, swelling and discomfort. It is not possible to predict who has what after effects.
Later complications– The possibility of infection of the graft is low.
Timing – Avoid special business or social functions for about 10 days. You may not want to work for a few days, up to 10 days.
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