Assessment of bone volume
When advising patients on treatment, one of the most important things I assess is the bone volume in which to place the implant. The body likes the titanium implant material, it grows bone onto the surface of the implant, just as if it was healing a natural traumatic injury.
If there’s not enough bone, I would then consider how I might generate sufficient bone for the patient by grafting, either with the patient’s own bone or “out of a bottle”.
It is essential that if you are considering dental implants, that any dentist fully undertakes pre-treatment planning, including detailed X rays and if necessary, a CT scan to assess the position of the bone prior to surgery.
All treatment planning is made together with you – we will discuss all options and findings and plan your treatment to achieve the best possible results.