If the patient has lived a rather long time with missing teeth, prior to decide on implantation, the dentist will be faced by complications or even impossibility of the operation.
In such cases the jawbone is weakened, partly absorbed. Prior to implantation osteoplasty, in some cases a sophisticated surgical intervention will be necessary. Depending on the circumstances, synthetic materials, bones of animal origin or the patient’s own bones will be used for replacement. The use of own bone material is preferable as it integrates more quickly into the jaw, making the whole intervention quicker and easier.
Own bone material can be taken from thicker parts of the jaw or from the hip-bone. These interventions are rather complicated, but in some cases no other solution is available.