Mint Dental SE1

Dental Bone Grafts

As local implant dentists in Elephant & Castle, we know all too well the consequences of ignoring gaps in the mouth caused by tooth loss. One crucial consequence of ignoring missing teeth is bone loss – and without stable, healthy bone, you’ll likely be a bad candidate for the revolutionary dental implant procedure.

If there’s one thing we understand after treating hundreds of patients, it’s that additional pre-implant procedure like bone regeneration can often feel unnecessary, not to mention annoying for patients looking for an immediate fix to the gaps in their smile.

And that’s completely understandable, but in conventional cases, placing an implant without sufficient bone is impossible. However, that doesn’t mean to say it can’t be done. Alternative implant methods like All-on-4 or implant-retained dentures either require a small amount of bone in particular areas or not at all.


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Bone Grafts Explained

  • The leading cause of bone loss is tooth loss.
  • When a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone surrounding it recesses due to its absence.
  • The rate of bone loss varies but will always occur unless a procedure is undertaken to reduce and prevent further effects.
  • Sinus lifts are for bone loss in the upper jaw.

As you may know, dental implants are a long-lasting, fixed solution to missing teeth, whether targeting individual tooth lossmultiple or an entire restoration of the upper and lower arches. But a dental bone graft might be needed to ensure your implant has a more substantial chance of success.

The purpose of a bone graft, block graft or bone augmentation in the case of dental implants is to increase the width and height of the bone near the implant site. Our oral surgeon creates a stable foundation for the implant to thrive, ensuring its long-term stability.

The procedure is pretty simple, and here at Mint Dental, you have the added benefit of being in the hands of experts. We have a team of specialist oral surgeons to carry out this procedure, meaning you won’t need to be externally referred to any other practice.

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Our expert oral surgeon will perform the bone graft by using graft tissue or alternative materials, which will be attached to the bone area that’s most depleted.

The special bone graft material typically contains collagen and proteins that encourage bone growth. Your bone graft surgery depends on whether you require bone in the upper or lower jaws. A sinus lift may be recommended for patients with insufficient bone in the upper jaw.

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The Necessity Of Bone Grafts (In Some Cases)

Bone grafts, in traditional, conventional cases, are required to increase the viability of your dental implant because the foundation of a dental implant is bone.

Without sufficient bone mass in the jaw, implantation becomes near impossible. And whilst various factors contribute to an implant’s success, osseointegration is among the most important.

Osseointegration describes a process of healing where the titanium implant can fuse and bond with the bone. Without an abundance of bone mass in this area, osseointegration cannot occur, and the implant will likely fail.

Patients wishing to have dental implants but suffering from bone loss can opt for a pre-implant procedure like bone grafts to increase the mass in the jaw, or they can pursue alternative recommended tooth replacement solutions.

Restoring The Volume of Your Jawbone

Have you been told you do not qualify for implant treatment and will likely require a bone graft to receive one?

You have three options. You can either…

  1. Let the situation get worse by ignoring it and avoiding treatment altogether.
  2. Replenish the bone density in your jaw by receiving a bone graft.
  3. Replace missing teeth with alternative implant-based methods that do not require abundant bone (All on 4 for total tooth loss cases).


  • Dental implants are the leading tooth replacement recommendation.
  • The incredible implant restorations look and function just like regular teeth.
  • Implants do not encourage bone loss but instead stabilise it.
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When you choose Mint Dental Clinic, you instantly gain access to our incredible dentists, who use advanced equipment to diagnose your problem faster and more accurately than ever before.

How We’ll Assess The Bone Mass

Our specialist dentists will evaluate your bone mass using a CT scan.

Using this advanced X-ray facility means we will see a 3-dimension photo of your bone mass, enabling our dentists to accurately evaluate the bone density, height, and anatomical structure. In addition, booking a consultation with one of our dental experts in this area means that we can better evaluate your suitability for dental implants and additional procedures you might require.


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  • Sunday: Closed


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Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
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Lucy MacCarthy
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Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
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Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
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Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.



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