If you are looking to receive a dental implant, you may need to consider the state if the bones that are available in your jaw. Bone grafting makes implant treatment possible if the bone in your jaw is too soft or thin. This can be caused by a range of reasons, including tooth loss, which can be due to gum disease, injury, dental cavities and infections.
Our specially-trained oral surgeons and periodontists at your local National Dental Care / DB Dental practice are available to dive deeper into bone grafting procedures that are specifically for you. Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Before the oral surgery
Bone-grafting can be a complicated process. For extensive cases, where large changes must be made to the shape and size of the area for the dental implant, separate surgery must be done before the implant can be placed (usually several months later).
However, sometimes there is enough bone present to insert the implant, but not quite enough to cover up the sides of the implant. In this case, a small grafting procedure is done at the time of implant surgery.
Your National Dental Care dentist will discuss this with you before the implant surgery. Before surgery, a 3D image will be produced of your jawbone via a cone-beam x-ray. For more simple procedures, local anaesthetic will usually be applied. The grafted bone usually takes around six months to fuse with the existing bone. Bone grafting has a very high success rate as the bone is not rejected in the same way as organs in organ transplants.
Sources of bone
Grafted bone material is best sourced from your available bone. Often this will come from your chin or the back of your lower jaw. If your surgeon cannot source enough bone from these areas, bone from your hip or shin may be required. This will require general anaesthesia and most like a stay in a hospital. Alternatively, bone can be sourced from freeze-dried human bone, or animal bone. Synthetic materials can also be used. You should discuss your options at length with your National Dental Care / DB Dental surgeon.
For more information on bone grafting, visit your local National Dental Care / DB Dental practice.