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.
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 bone grafting 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 Bone grafting it is suitable for most of our patients.
What does the treatment involve?
The treatment usually takes place over 1 appointment depending on your individual circumstances. If you require an implant and bone grafting is necessary we can place this at the same time of placing the implant. However sometimes if there is not sufficient bone to support any part of the implant we will commence with the bone grafting procedure and let this heal and mature for 4-6 months prior to placing the implant. The procedure will involve 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 bone grafting 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.