Patients who have been missing teeth for an extended period of time are likely to need a bone graft for dental implant procedures. This is because the jaw bone deteriorates when teeth roots are missing. Some patients are apprehensive about bone grafting initially, however Dr Harrison’s extensive dental implant experience ensures that grafting for dental implants is a smooth and comfortable process.


Creating A Solid Foundation For Dental Implants

A bone graft is an amazing procedure because not only can it replace missing bone, it can also stimulate the jaw to grow new bone in that site again. This is important for dental implant procedures – because the implant screws into your jaw, the jaw must be strong and thick enough to support it.

Having a bone graft gives you access to a highly effective tooth replacement: dental implants. In order for implants to be viable, a certain amount of jaw thickness needs to be present.

Depending on your specific circumstances, your bone graft may be done a few months before your dental implant is embedded, or at the same time.


Where Does The Bone Graft Material Come From?

Autogenous bone grafts

In many cases bone grafts can be taken from other parts of the patient’s body, and sometimes even from other parts of your jaw. If not, the bone may be taken from somewhere else, such as your hip, lower leg, chin or skull. Autogenous bone grafts are very useful because the bone graft matter contains live cellular elements that promote bone growth.

The removal of bone material is a procedure on its own and again, depending on your particular case, this may not be suitable.

Xenogenic bone grafts

Xenogenic bone grafts are extracted from other species, often from cows. These are non-living grafts, and they need to go through intensive processing to ensure that they do not stimulate an immune response.

Xenogenic bone grafts may take longer to promote bone regeneration.

Synthetic bone grafts

It is also possible to have bone graft surgery using synthetic materials. An example of synthetic material includes a ceramic and collagen combination that has been designed closely to match natural human bone.


How Does The Bone Graft Procedure Work?

No two bone graft procedures are the same, and the steps that are followed will depend on the patient’s personal case. 

If you are having a small bone graft done, it may be possible to do it just before your implant is placed. If not, your dentist will schedule a time to see you, a few months before your dental implant is going to be embedded. Your dental practitioner will discuss your particular circumstances when he creates your dental implant treatment plan.


Bone Grafts For Tooth Extractions

It is also a good idea to do a bone graft when a tooth is extracted. This is a very proactive way to ensure that excessive bone loss does not occur in the future.

A bone graft is a surgical procedure where your dental practitioner will make an incision in your gum in order to get to the bone below it. The bone graft material will be placed into the site that your new dental implant will occupy. Sometimes the graft will be covered by collagen membranes or synthetic materials that will encourage healing. Then the incision will be stitched up again and you will wait for a few months, before you can move forward with dental implant treatment.


Bone Grafts In The Upper Jaw

When you do not have enough bone in your upper jaw, your dentist may need to perform a sinus lift before dental implants can be placed.


What Can You Expect After The Dental Bone Graft Procedure?

The recovery from a bone graft is usually quite quick, with discomfort lasting only a few days after the procedure. We usually find that over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain medication is more than adequate to help patients cope in the first few days after surgery.


The Benefits Of Grafting For Dental Implants

Bone grafting enables eligible patients to consider dental implants for missing teeth. Bone loss can cause the face to lose shape and structure. Replacing bone and missing teeth can improve facial harmony and improve self esteem.

To find out more it’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact our practice for the next available appointment: (03) 5975 5355.