As we get older, due to chronic periodontitis (inflamed gums) and other gum damaging factors, the bony substance of the jaw bone diminishes. Consequently, the tooth’s root has increasingly less grip in the receding bone – until the tooth falls out. As a result, more people in the UK lose their teeth due to periodontitis than due to tooth decay! Your jawbone remains strong and firm as long as it is used, i.e. teeth apply pressure to the bone when chewing. When the teeth have been pulled out, this pressure is absent and the bone recedes further and further. There are cases when the bone is so thin that no implants are possible to be placed, even the thiniest size. In such cases, your dental surgeon will have to carry out a bone grafting. In small areas, e.g. involving only one or two teeth, he or she is often able to carry out both procedures at the same time: bone reconstruction and fitting the implant. In the case of a larger area, the bone is reconstructed first and the implantation it has to be done after a healing period of up to 6 months. The method for the vertical reconstruction of the lateral tooth area in the upper jaw is the so called sinuslift. However, in the case of reconstruction of a larger area a transplant of the patient’s own bone (alograft) may be necessary. Harvesting bone from the body, e.g. from the hipbone, is a complex procedure and may be painful too. Furthermore, there is the danger of harvest defects or infection. For this reason, this so-called iliac crest transplantation is not practiced at the our dental clinic. As you can see, the modern biotechnology used at our dental clinic offers many options: there is virtually no patient who cannot be provided with firmly fitting teeth at our dental clinic. Following the diagnosis at our dental clinic, your dental surgeon will explain to you which method and which procedure will be most suitable for you. For this purpose, model of your jawbone is made at the dental clinic.