Bone loss can happen for different reasons, from trauma to periodontitis which is a disease of the gum and bone caused by bacterial tooth plaque.
Bone loss also occurs when a tooth has been removed. Having sufficient bone is essential for ensuring the stability of your teeth or dental implant. This is why bone grafting plays an important part in Dentistry.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that can encourage new bone growth to occur where it is needed to support an implant or to stabilise a tooth.
We use a bone material that is made from the mineral part of the bones originating from Australian cattle. The bone has a natural framework in which your body’s own cells can enter and start to naturally rebuild bone. Over time your cells will remodel the grafting material into your own functioning bone.
Is this treatment suitable for me?
It is not always necessary to have bone grafting when placing an implant and we will be able to advise you once we have taken an x-ray and assessed the bone in the area of treatment. If you do require this treatment, it is suitable for most of our patients.
What does the treatment involve?
The treatment usually takes place during one appointment depending on your individual circumstances. However, if you require an implant and there is not sufficient bone to support any part of the tooth/implant, we will commence with the bone grafting procedure and let this heal prior to placing the implant.
The procedure involves lifting the gum tissue and placing the bone in the treatment area; once this has been completed the gum tissue will be replaced back and secured using stitches. You may feel sore after the treatment and will need to keep the area clean after the surgery.
How long will the procedure take?
The procedure alone can take as little as an hour. Once the bone grafting has been completed, we would let this heal and mature for 4-6 months prior to commencing with any further treatment (such as implants).