Information about Bone Grafting

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WHY HAVE BONE GRAFTING?

Bone Grafting and Regeneration procedures are performed to rebuild missing bone. Usually this procedure is performed prior to the Dental Implant. Bone Grafting is required to build sufficient bone following tooth loss and the associated bone loss. Whilst in some cases, Dental Implants are performed without Bone Grafting, some cases will not be possible without Bone Grafting due to Cosmetic Issues and strength issues of minimal bone.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

Bone Grafting is performed in a dental surgery in most cases or in a hospital in large cases. The area first receives a local anaesthetic and is then prepared for the bone graft. Different types of bone grafts may be recommended, as one type does not fit all! Different types include: your own bone taken from the wisdom tooth area, from the chin, from the hip; Other human bone taken from a cadaver; Bone from another species including bovine bone; Synthetic bones and membranes. All bone grafts are then left to heal for a period of 3 to 7 months. Following this period your dental implant will be placed.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Bone Graft procedures carry the usual risks of surgery, and it is the first healing period that is critical. Some of the risks are: Nerve Damage, Infection, Loss of Bone Graft, Resorption of the Bone Graft, Damage to nearby teeth, Cross-infection.

To minimise these risks we recommend strictly following your instructions and also the timely nature of the procedure will assist to minimise treatment required.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A BONE GRAFT?

It is important to follow the pre-appointment instructions and prepare for after your appointments.

Take any prescribed medications strictly as directed. Have a good meal before your appointment as your mouth may be numb for a number of hours afterwards.

It is our experience that many patients are anxious about the surgical appointments. However, these appointments are not any more difficult than having fillings or Root Canal Treamtents in most cases. 

Be prepared to follow special dietary requirements including reducing the amount of chewing, watching your fluid intake and taking supplements, and special cleaning techniques.