Complete Guide to Bone Grafting Mexico

Here is a Guide to getting your Bone Grafting Treatment with Cancun Dental Specialists. Most aspects of your Dental vacation will be covered. Please call in and let us know more about your case 1 800 278 3215. In order to give you correct information pertaining to your case, we would need your Medical History, X-Rays, Treatment Plan If available, If not Contact our Dental Coordinator before coming to Cancun. Below are the most frequently asked questions on pricing, treatment scenarios, aftercare. Please read it so that you are well informed of how we provide the Bone Grafting Treatment for you and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Ridge Preservation Costs

1-3 Teeth 1 CC Average Cost $300 USD
3-8 Teeth 4cc Average Cost $900 USD
8-28 Teeth 5-10cc Average Cost $1500 USD

Bone Grafting Allograft Ridge Preservation Cost

$200 USD Per CC*

* Does Not Include Reabsorbabel Membrane

Ridge Preservation - Bone Grafting

Ridge Preservation is a Bone Grafting Technique for post-extractions. Like the name itself states it to preserve the ridge of your jaw bone after tooth extraction so you can get an implant or avoid bone lose. Ridge Preservation is highly recommendable for any patient after any extraction especially if they are thinking of getting implant in the future. Preserving the Ridge will help have the ideal amount of bone surrounding the implant. Ridge Preservation can be done up-to 8 weeks after a tooth extraction but it usually done right after the tooth is extracted.

Block Graft Cost

Small Defect Block Graft $600 USD
Medium Defect Block Graft$ $1200 USD
Large Defects Multiple Areas Block Grafts$3000 USD

Average Price $800 USD*

* Includes Screws and Bone grafting Material, Does Not Include Anesthesiologist in Case of Sedation

Block Graft - Bone Grafting

Block Grafts usuallys come from the chin or lower molars, consist in donating bone from one area to desire area in your mouth. Patients that need a quadrant or more rehabilitated might require bone graft because of the large size bone defects.

Ridge Expansion Costs

No Cost Included in Bone Grafting or Implant Placement USD
* Does Not Include Implants or other Bone Grafting Techniques, Usually Ridge Splitting Involves a implant and bone particles.
Ridge Expansion - Bone Graft

In many cases, when your Dental Ridge is too thin and need to be increase in width, Ridge Expansion is a common procedure. Consists of using expansion dental burs to split apart your bone so and Implant can be placed. Bonegrafting particals are usually necessary to fill any small defects present.

Ridge Augmentation Costs

Small Defect Ridge Augmentation $600 USD
Medium Defect Ridge Augmentation $1200 USD
Large Defects Ridge Augmentation $2000 USD

Average Price $800 USD*

*Does Not Include Anesthesiologist in Case of Sedation

Ridge Augmentation - Bone Graft

Ridge Augmentation consist of placing Bone Graft material over the ridge to gain width and length for Dental Implants. The ridge with bonegraft particles is covered by a thin reabsorable membrane to help contain the graft particles.

Sinus Lift Internal (Osteotome Crestal)

Total Price $1,000 USD*

*Average Cost Prices Includes Up to 3 CC of BoneGraft Particles. 80% Of Treatments Preformed Fall Under this pricing, Could Vary In Some Cases
Sinus Lift Internal (Osteotome Crestal) - Bone Graft

The Crestal Approach for Sinus Lifts is conservative way to increase bone height in Dental Implant site, with the same hole that you are going to place the Implant in the Sinus lift procedure is preformed. Usually better for smaller cases of one tooth being replaced with a Dental Implant.

Maybe you’re interested to read more about Sinus Lift Treatment

Sinus Lift External (lateral window)

Sinus Lift Price $1,500 USD*

* Includes Up to 5 CC of BoneGraft and Membrane
Sinus Lift External (lateral window) - Bone Graft

Sinus Lift Thru a Lateral Window is very common for medium to large sinus lift cases, the lateral window is open Bone Graft is placed usually anywhere from 2-12 CC of Bone Graft a membrane is placed over the window opened and your gums are stitched back together. Strict After Care instructions are important for a successful and risk free procedure, things like avoiding blowing your nose are important to the success of the Sinus Lift.

Maybe you’re interested to read more about Sinus Lift Treatment

Why get Bone Grafting in Mexico

There are many benefits to getting your Bone Grafting in Mexico apart from savings thousands of dollars.

Clinical Benefits

  • Best Bone Grafting Materials
  • All Bone Grafting Options Available
  • Treatments provided by Certified Maxillofacial Surgeon and Periodontist, Not General Dentists
  • High Success in all types of  Bone Grafting and Implant Cases
  • Growth Factors PRP platelet-rich plasma – Along with Bone Grafting for high success

Economical Benefits

Bone Grafting procedures Tend to be around 40-70% cheaper compared to U.S. or Canada Prices. Your Dental Vacations.

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Bone Grafting Clasification

There Are 4 Classifications for Bone Grafting Procedures: Autografts, Allografts, XenoGrafts and Alloplast.

AutoGrafts

Are usually taken from the chin or hip and might require hospitalization, anesthesiologist, usually one of the best options for big bone defects and who ever is a candidate or is willing to get thru extra treatment for this.

AlloGrafts

Most common type of Bone Grafting procedure used at our clinic. Consist of fresh demineralized Freeze-dried Cadaver bone. Highest success rate after AutoGrafts but considerably less invasive.

XenoGrafts

Bone widely used for Bone Augmentation for Dental Implants. Usually sourced from animals such as cows can also derive from porceine cortical and cancellous bone either bovine bone or natural coral. Cow  bone would be frozen and dried similar process as cadaver bone.

Alloplast

Synthetic material takes longer to integrate up to a year. Main advantage is very low re-absorption rate. Not very common material at our Clinic.

Bone Graft Classification

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Bone Grafting Treatment Process

Step by Step

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Bone Grafting FAQ

We use All Types of Dental Bone Grafting Materials, The most Common Material used for Allografts at our clinic is called BioGraft, One of the Top Grafts available in Mexico, Dr.Gavaldon was gone and visited the laboratory were this is made. Synthetic bone grafting material is uncommon at our clinic but there are many prestigious brands available.

Please Check The Classification Part of the website. We can get the bone from your own body, process bone or synthetic bone

Success Rate of BoneGrafting Materials is a subjective term. There are many types of Bonegrafting procedures and different extents and conditions that could affect the full integrating of the bonegraft. The success rate is at least 90% for dental implant bone grafts this is including grafts that reabsorb minimally but integrated and served their purpose.

Conditions that can cause a bone graft to fail are infections and not proper stabilization of the graft. Poor Hygiene, Smoking, Not following aftercare, Periodontal disease, immune deficiencies, medical conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis and surgical or procedure errors are the most common reasons for failure.  Indications of a failed dental implant bone graft include lesions exposing the graft, loss of large amount of bone graft material, graft mobility or signs of infection such as pus and drainage in the bone graft area.

Bone graft material and the re-absorb-able membrane are non-allergenic material, In theory a patient can be allergic to anything considered foreign to his body, however it would be very unlikely this can happen. It doesn’t matter whether the bone graft material is synthetic,bovine or human these material are non-allergenic

The success of Bone grafting procedure depend on both the Dentist and The patient, Our Maxilo-Facial Specialists or Periodontist will give you complete list of aftercare, We understand you will be on vacation but is very important to follow them. If the bone grafting material fails, it will delay your treatment cost your more trips/vacations to Cancun, And in some cases you will have to pay for the bone graft material again. We stand by our patient so this is a rare procedure, if it does fail come back and we will try a find a solution for your case.

The short answer is that smoking can negatively affect bone healing at any stage. Generally in someone having a bone graft, the gum tissue heals faster than the bone. Most likely your gum tissue has healed over your bone graft and initial bone healing as occurred. However, 3 weeks is not enough time for the bone to heal as it usually takes months for bone to heal.

It is definitely better that you did not smoke during the fist 3 weeks but smoking does increase your risk of the bone graft failing and compromising what you have undergone so far in treatment.

I would recommend stopping smoking and discussing this with your surgeon right away. He may be able to give you other alternatives such as medications like Chantix or Nicorette gum or a patch to help you with your nicotine cravings.

Obviously not smoking again is best choice for your overall health, not only for your dental health or for the bone graft to heal well. Discuss smoking with your surgeon as soon as you can and I wish you the best in what you are undergoing in your life

Cadaver bone that is used by surgeons today has gone through many processes to insure it’s safety and it should not be a concern to you.
If you feel very strongly against using bone from a cadaver you have other options.
1- you can use your own bone, harvested from a second surgical site, or
2- you can use synthetic bone graft materials such as beta tricalcium phosphate with good results.
There is also bone graft material of bovine origin (from cows), but I assume this may also be objectionable to you.
You may want to ask your surgeon about these materials.

Before starting the treatment, you should check with your dental insurance if dental bone grafts costs are covered and if any restrictions apply. Dental implants are not covered by dental insurance, but you may get some coverage for some parts of the treatment as the bone grafting.

In cases when there is extensive bone loss, a medical insurance will cover the bone grafting cost, if the treatment is proved to be medically necessary. If the bone loss was caused by accident, injury or medical conditions other than dental health issues, the cost of bone grafts is usually covered by general health insurance policies. If the patients ability to eat is seriously affected and it can not be restored with other options such as dentures, dental or/and medical insurance may also provide coverage.

There is a couple reason why you would need Bone Graft at the time of Implant placement the two most common would be post extraction Implants and Implants in the Sinus area. Post extraction Implant require bone grafting material to cover any defects were the prefabricated straight Implant body might no match 100% your tooth extracted or the shape of your bone. It is important that your Implant is fully covered by bone for a long lasting treatment. The other scenario could be a Sinus Lift when we have been missing upper 2nd premolar, 1st molar or 2nd molars for a long time we can have minimal bone between your gums and the sinus. In this case we would be required to place Bone Graft material and place an Implant at the same time. The ability to place Implants at the time of the Bone Graft depends on the amount of good bone levels between the sinus floor and the crest of the bone. Normally, around 5 mm of bone is needed for the Surgeon to be able to find primary stability for the Implant. If the Surgeon cannot find primary stability then the Implant has a high risk of failure and/or will run the risk of poor angulation for the restorative phase. The advantage of placing the Implant along with the Sinus Lift procedure is that the patient will not require another surgery in that area and the Osseointegration time is reduced.

In order for us to diagnose if you will need Bonegrafting we need to take a 3D CBCT Scan. We have a Carestream CS 9200 CBCT in our beautiful Dental Office in Cancun Mexico. Normal X-Rays 2-D, Periapical X-Rays, Bite Wings and Panoramic X-Rays are not adequate tools to properly diagnose bone quality and quantity. We take every measure to make sure each case is a success. Bonegrafting might be necessary for numerous reasons including Extractions of teeth, Depress Sinuses Infections, Apicoectomies, Sinus Lifts, Large and Small bone defects. This Lifting procedures and each one would depend on the cases unique situation and what the desired outcome for the restoration would be. Techniques such as platelet rich plasma transfusions are sometimes used to promote tissue regeneration and healing time after similar surgeries.

Because we have CAD/CAM, 3D CBCT, Milling Machines and 3D-Printers we are able sometimes to avoid the need of Bonegrafting. Contact Our office for more details.

The first decision that the dentist must make: Should I let the extraction socket heal spontaneously, fill it with a bone replacement material or insert an immediate implant? The best procedure depends on diff erent factors in day-to-day clinical practice: tooth location, the condition of the bone and soft tissue, as well as the patient’s general state of health, his or her personal circumstances and financial situation, to name but just a few factors. It is important that the treatment decision is discussed before the tooth is extracted. Depending on the option, the bone lost during the first four to six months is: › 50 % for spontaneous healing1, › 56 % for immediate implantation, › 15–20 % for immediate implantation with “gap fi lling”, and › 15 % for Ridge Preservation. The advantages and disadvantages of the treatment options are depicted.


The Modern
Minimalist

Ridge Preservation:
Bone retention after tooth extraction, implantation or bridge restoration after 4–6 months.

+ Non-invasive
Ridge Preservation is easy to perform and hardly invasive at all. It preserves the ridge volume for implants or bridge restorations. Invasive GBR-measures are fi ve-times less likely to be required after a Ridge Preservation.

– No 100 %-guarantee
Even Ridge Preservation cannot preserve 100 % of bone volume. A second augmentation may be necessary in the anterior maxillary area, if the aesthetics depend on 100 % bone volume.

The Diva

Immediate implantation:
Implantation immediately after tooth extraction, potentially with simultaneous augmentation in the buccal gap (“gap fi lling”).

 

Fewer interventions
The shorter treatment time and the reduced number of surgical interventions are major advantages of an immediate implantation. Also, blood-thinning medication taken by older patients has to be discontinued only once (lower risk).

– Comply with the indication
Immediate implantation can cause bone and soft tissue recessions. Anterior teeth should only be replaced with immediate implants when the buccal socket wall is suffi ciently thick. Increased bone absorption can occur in the molar region.

Optimization:
Fill the gap between the buccal socket wall and the implant with a bone replacement material and cover the defect with a membrane. Some surgeons close the socket over the implant with a connective tissue transplant in order to gain additional volume.

Molar sockets, severely inflamed sockets, or sockets with demonstrable wall dehiscences are not cases for an immediate implantation, in my view. I would carry out a Ridge Preservation fi rst in such cases.

The Classicist

Early implantation:
First spontaneous healing, then implant insertion 6–8 weeks after tooth extraction with simultaneous lateral augmentation.

+ Tried and tested
The soft tissue has almost completely healed by the time of implantation, but not too much bone volume has been lost. The survival rate of implants in augmented bone is just as high as in native bone (approximately 92 %).

Histologically, well-integrated Geistlich Bio-Oss® particles show no signs of infl ammatory activity.

– Technically demanding
The implant procedure is as demanding as an immediate implant. As an implant has to be inserted into a socket, there is always the danger of placing the implant too far in the buccal direction.

Resorbable Membrane

Cost

The Average Cost of Reabsorbable Membrane is $100 USD for 1.5 x 1.5 cm and $250 USD for 3 x 4 mm.

Explanation

(GBR) Guided Bone Regeneration with bioresorbable membrane is commonly used at our practice because of its biocompatibility, total reabosobption meaning less appointments and being able to mett the short times grames needed for dental tourism, it is also easy to cut, adapt, contour to the desire area the wants to be regenerated. It is resistant to bacterial attachment and colonization and has a reabsorbtion time compatible with form formation timegrames.

Use

Guided Grafting is mainly used for Dental Implants with the membranes we are able to protect,guide, better your bone graft procedure.

Growth Factors

Cost

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Explanation

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Use

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Bone Grafting Treatment Alternatives

Short Implants

Short Implants Mexico

We use the Bicon System of Short Implants in order to take advantage of minimal bone levels and avoid vital structures such as the sinus or mental foramen, which usually require multiple visits.

Zygomatic Implants

Zigomatic Implants Mexico

Zygomatic Implants are Implants that are much longer in length than conventional Implants (40 mm – 50 mm), and are placed in the dense Zygoma bone or otherwise known as the cheekbone. The advantage of using Zygomatic Implants is that it eliminates the need for procedures like ridge augmentation (Bone Grafting) and/or Sinus Lifting, which would require more surgery and longer healing periods before the placement of the final restoration.

Alll on 4 Dental Implants

All on Four

The All on 4 Technique is great for edentoulus patients or patients that need all their teeth extracted, This technique can avoid extensive bone grafting in Many cases.

Preserving Teeth

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Sometimes teeth can be preserved with Root Canals, Restorations, and other procedures. Preserving your teeth is one of the best ways to avoid bone grafting completely, ask our specialists if the prognosis of saving your teeth is a variable option for your treatment.

How can I get started my treatment with Cancun Dental Specialists?

Please Give us a call at 1 800 278 3215 or send us an e-mail at contact@cancundentalspecialists.com with the following information:

Tooth Chart
Reason for inquiry:

Referred time to call:

Urgency of treatment:

Bone Grafting Pre-Op Instructions

Inform yourself on steps to take for a successful outcome, please read the full instructions, Cancun Dental Specialists thanks you in advanced for being an informed patient

3 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY

Smoking and Dental Implants don’t go together. Why did you lose your teeth/tooth in the first place. We know smoking can be difficult to quit but we insist that patients stop smoking at least 3 weeks prior to their Dental Implants. In rare cases we might ask you to quit sooner. Smoking can interfere with healing by constricting and decreasing blood flow all over the body which may prevent the wound from healing properly. Do not resume smoking after surgery until you are given permission by our Dental Surgeon.

3 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY

We know you will be on vacation and the all-inclusive bar might be tempting. Please try and stay away from alcohol consumption for a minimum of 5 days prior to your procedure. Alcohol causes increased bleeding, increases the chances of infection, depresses immune functions and may interfere with wound healing.

3 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY (over-the-counter and prescribed)

Please check with your Physician about suspending any medication prior to arrival.

You will be instructed by your surgeon or patient counselor to temporarily discontinue certain medications in the weeks ahead.

Drugs containing ASPIRIN, SALICYLATES, SALICYLAMIDES or IBUPROFEN should be avoided for at least two weeks before and after surgery. Brand names are:

  • Aleve
  • A.S.A. Enseals
  • Alka Seltzer Cold Medicine
  • Alka Seltzer Effervescent Tablets
  • Advil Anacin with ASA
  • Anaprox

3 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY

It is important that you maintain a healthy diet. You will be on a soft mechanical diet or some form of a modified diet tailored to your surgery. It is important that you follow these instructions! It is a good idea to stock up on protein supplements like BOOST or Ensure. Various softer foods like well cooked pastas, eggs, soup/broths, and yogurt are also good ideas. We will provide you with a list of dietary suggestions in your post-op packet as well.

2 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY

  • All Aspirin and Ibuprofen products including the drugs listed on the enclosed insert.
  • All anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. Ibuprofen) used for arthritis. (Please consult your physician prior to discontinuing).
  • All anti-coagulants.
  • Vitamin E taken internally.
  • If a medication is in question, call our office nurse.
IMPORTANT! These products may cause excessive bleeding.

2 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY

  • Take a Multivitamin tablet daily. Most multivitamins contain some form of vitamin E, however this is acceptable to take prior to surgery. We do ask that you refrain from taking additional vitamin E.
  • Take Vitamin A – 8,000-10,000 units, twice a day. This has well-documented beneficial effects on surgical healing and will also fuel your immune system.
  • Take Vitamin C – 1,000 mg., twice a day. This is essential for collagen synthesis, which is part of normal wound healing. Your need for Vitamin C will increase after surgery.
  • Take Bromelain – 1,000 mg., twice a day. (Pineapple enzyme – from a health food store) This helps to relieve the swelling associated with surgery. Bromelain: This anti-inflammatory promotes healing.

1 week BEFORE until 2 weeks AFTER procedure

  • Eat healthy, regular meals.
  • Eat 2 fruits and 3 green vegetables daily (per diet instructions).
  • Eat a small amount of protein at each meal.
IMPORTANT! Your diet can aid healing remarkably and reduce swelling and pain!

1 WEEK BEFORE SURGERY

    • You may begin taking Arnica Montana
    • Take every 8 hours as directed and continue for 10 days.
    • Continue taking Bromelain as directed every 12 hours between meals. This anti-inflammatory promotes healing. As an alternative, eat fresh pineapple.

Arnica: Arnica Montana is an herb that grows wild in the Swiss Alps. Also known simply as “Arnica,” it’s been used in Europe for hundreds of years for the reduction of bruising and swelling and to shorten the recovery period after a physical trauma such as an accident, surgery or injury.

Bone Grafting Post Op Instructions

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  • Bleeding:  Depending on the extent of your bone graft, Bleeding in small amounts is normal the rest of the day after the procedure. Please be careful when rinsing or cleaning your mouth so you don’t lose the blood clot.
  • Pain: Pain Medicine will be prescribed after your treatment, Once the Anaesthesia wears off and you are back at your hotel you might feel a little discomfort in the grafted area.
  • Swelling:  Swelling and Brusing might last for the first 5 days, Usually the swelling is worst after the second day and after the fourth starts going down. Please avoid the Sun as this will make you swell more.
  • Sensation: The Inflammation could pinch a nerve a you might feel a temporary loss of felling in the gums, Teeth Could also be sensitive. Contact us if you feel anything out of the normal.
  • After leaving Cancun Dental Specialists, One of Our Drivers will take you back to the hotel if required, please try and get rest and avoid activites,sun,pools,hot food. Keeping you blood pressure low will help reduce the bleeding in that area and help you with the healing.
  • Please take the medicine prescribed by our specialist. Try and Take the analgesic before the anaesthesia wears off. Please Avoid Drinking Alcohol as this irritates the tissue and cuts the effect of the antibiotic. Do Not Exceed The Doses indicated by our Oral Surgeon.
  • Avoid Taking Medicine with an Empty Stomach, Large Glass of water and Food is recommended when taking the medicine.
  • Apply a Cold Pack, We can provide you one at the clinic or you can get one at your hotel, Apply for 15 Minutes on and Off For the First Day Only.
  • Avoid Drinking Through a Straw, Soft Foods are Recommended for the first 3 Days.
  • Avoid Pressure, Chewing over the Grafted Area. Large Jaw Movements will pull your cheeks and might open the stitching contact us immediately if this happens. Try To Avoid Pulling the sutures or playing with them with your tongue
  • Avoid Brushing or Touching the grafted area for the first day. Please Brush your teeth after each meal for at least a week until the gums close.
  • Do Not Rinse or Gargle. Half a Spoon of Salt and Soda Along with Warm Water Can be Held in your mouth for 2 to 3 minutes to make you feel more comfortable.
  • Sinus Lift Treatment should avoid blowing your nose or blowing,playing instrument, singing, anything that forces your airways. Decongestant Could Be necessary for your case.
  • Smoking and Bone Grafting Do Not Go Together. No Guarantee will be provided in Case of Smoking in the first 7 Days.
  • Perioxidin mouth wash is a great antimicrobial Mouth rinse – This is optional but recommended if you are interested please tell our driver to stop at a Pharmacy.
  • The Following Day After  Your Grafting Surgery We will do a check-up to make sure everything is good.

Contact Cancun Dental Specialists If you Feel Any of the Following – Excessive Pain, Bleeding, Fever, Swelling, Reaction to Medication Like Rash,Breathing Problems or Itching.

We Are Strong Believers that the success of a Dental Treatment is a 50%/50% Commitment between our patient and the clinic. Please follow these instructions carefully and any other instructions indicated by our specialists.

Informed patients are happy patients that why we have taken the time to write this.
Any questions please give us a call at 1 800 278 3215

Bone Grafting Contraindications

This treatment alternative basically has the same contraindications as all Implant based restorations, mainly in relation to the risks associated to surgical procedures. Even so, there are few absolute contraindications (e.g., recent myocardial infarction, stroke, cardiovascular surgery, and transplant; profound immunosuppression; radiotherapy or bisphosphonate use), the degree of disease-control being far more important than the nature of systemic disorder itself . Additionally, there are complications or behavioral aspects that may increase the treatment failure or complication rate, which should be acknowledged (e.g., diabetes, oral hygiene status, smoking, decreased frequency of using the dental services).

Using this specific treatment concept is limited to cases with severe ridge resorption in the anterior region of the jaws, in patients for whom extensive bone grafting procedures are not an option.

Absolute contraindications

Some serious general conditions make anesthesia, surgical procedures and the overall placement inadvisable.

  • Heart diseases affecting the valves, recent infarcts, severe cardiac insufficiency, cardiomyopathy
  • Active cancer, certain bone diseases (osteomalacia, Paget’s disease, brittle bones syndrome, etc.)
  • Certain immunological diseases, immunosuppressant treatments, clinical AIDS, awaiting an organ transplant
  • Certain mental diseases
  • Strongly irradiated jaw bones (radiotherapy treatment)
  • Treatments of osteoporosis or some cancers by bisphosphonates

Relative contraindications

Other situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Most often, dental implants can only be placed (with the greatest caution) after some preliminary treatments.

  • Diabetes (particularly insulin-dependent)
  • Angina pectoris (angina)
  • Significant consumption of tobacco
  • Certain mental diseases
  • Certain auto-immunes diseases
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • Pregnancy

Age

  • Children: not before the jaw bones have stopped growing (in general 17-18 years).
  • On the other hand, advanced age does not pose problems if the patient’s general condition is good.

Local contraindications

Some conditions or physiological changes, usually inside the mouth cavity, may temporarily prevent the placement of dental implants. Most of the times, these conditions can be remedied before the implants are inserted in the jawbone.

There is insufficient bone to support the implants or bone structure is inadequate (due to some chronic infections or other conditions). To ensure a good prognosis, a dental implant must be surrounded by healthy bone tissue.

a dental implant must be surrounded by healthy bone tissue

A dental implant must be surrounded by healthy bone tissue (with red)

Important anatomical structures such as the maxillary sinus, the inferior alveolar nerve (located inside the mandible), have an abnormal position that can interfere with the dental implants.

lowering of the maxillary sinus

Lowering of the maxillary sinus

Adjunctive surgical procedures have to be performed before the placement of dental implants. These procedures aim to increase the amount of bone, so more bone is available to support the implants.

  • Some local diseases of the oral mucosa or alveolar bone can temporarily prevent the placement of dental implants until the conditions are treated.
  • Hypersensitivity or other allergic reactions ; rarely occurs.
  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Bruxism or involuntary grinding of the teeth.

Bone Grafting Complications

Bone grafting is not without risks and complications. Even if they do not occur so often.

As for all other oral procedures there are side effects. I’m going to list the most common. In any case, keep in mind that your doctor should be available in the next 24 hours after the operation. Just in case.

Though antibiotics, you may experience infection. The most important bone graft infection symptoms or signs are: redness, pus, pain and in some cases fever.

If that happens, let your dentist know as soon as possible. Sometimes you only need to continue antibiotics for a second or third round. Each person reaction is different so it is difficult to write tips that work for all people.

Additional risks may be:

  • nerve injury or damage. It happens very rarely.
  • ear pain. You may feel pain close to your ear especially when the very back teeth are treated.
    Within the first day the pain should go away.
  • bone infection after tooth extraction (even after wisdom tooth removal). Before to place the grafting material, the hole or socket leaved by the tooth has to be clean. If not, the infection may start to work again.

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