What happens if you have lost teeth and want to replace them with dental implants but don’t enough healthy natural bone to support dental implants? The answer might be a bone graft.
A bone graft is one of several techniques used to rebuild bone, restore your natural jaw line, and provide a strong and sturdy foundation for implant-supported teeth. Natural bone insufficiency can be caused by gum disease, tooth development defects, injury to the face after trauma as well as deterioration of the empty spaces in your mouth after the loss or removal of teeth.
Is bone grafting safe?
Bone grafting is very safe and usually highly successful. It involves “building up” or adding bone to the jaw by using your own natural bone from another location in your body (often inside the mouth) or sometimes from a donor. New technologies are now allowing processed or synthetic bone materials to be used. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth and jaw as well as discussing with you in detail the different grafting options.
Bone grafting procedure
Bone grafts are performed right here in the surgery of Paramount Dental Sydney and we use local anaesthesia to numb the areas. We can also apply sedation therapies if you are suffering any anxiety.
After the procedure, we will usually give you antibiotics as well as pain medication. We also advise you to use an antibacterial mouthwash and avoid eating certain foods to ensure you aren’t putting pressure on the bone graft.
While your bone graft is healing you will be able to work and go about your everyday life. Your implants will be placed after the grafted bone has become a strong and integrated with the existing bone. The amount of time the integration takes varies depending on the location of the graft and the density of your bone. You can expect somewhere around 3 months.
Several factors can vary and increase the cost of treatment. Our team will advise you of these during your consultation.
* All surgical or invasive procedures carry risks. Before proceeding please seek professional opinion from appropriately qualified health practitioners.