Bone grafting is a highly successful, safe surgical procedure that replaces missing bone in the jaw.
A bone graft may be required before a surgical implant is placed. Some patients do not have enough healthy natural bone to support dental implants, so a bone graft is used to create a more solid base for the implant; ensuring long-term stability and functionality (read more about implants here).
The bone grafting procedure can be performed using either the patient’s own natural bone from inside their mouth, or using a synthetic bone material to build up or add to an area of naturally thin or soft bone. The grafted material not only replaces missing bone, but also helps the body regrow lost bone. This new bone growth will strengthen the grafted area by establishing a bridge between the existing bone and the graft. Over time the newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.
Natural bone insufficiency can be caused by factors including:
- Gum disease
- Spaces left empty in the mouth after teeth have been removed
- Facial injury or trauma
- Tooth development defects
- Wearing dentures long term
- Pneumatisation of maxillary sinuses (enlargement of sinuses by reabsorption of bone)
Bone grafting procedure:
Please note, any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should obtain personal advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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