This is a surgical procedure designed to replace the bone at the root of the tooth when there isn’t enough present to safely secure and accept an implant. In this treatment, we take bone from another part of the jaw, other parts of the body, or even a synthetic material and graft it onto the area being treated.
Bone grafts are a successful way of helping to regenerate the natural bone. The graft will help hold either your natural teeth, or an implant in place while the natural bone gradually begins to regenerate over time.
Bone grafts are necessary when there isn’t enough natural bone at the root of the tooth. We often provide them prior to or during implant treatments to ensure the implant can safely and securely fuse with the jawbone. They can also be used in other situations to replace and regenerate the natural jawbone to ensure the long-term health and future of the natural tooth or teeth.
There are several dental and oral health issues that lead to bone loss in the jaw, therefore necessitating the need for a bone graft. These include:
Simple bone grafts are performed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing while the treatment is in process. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, we’ll lift the gum tissue away from the area being treated, proceeding to place the graft and secure it. We’ll then stitch the gum tissue back over the graft. While requiring great skill and training to be performed, this is a fairly common treatment, and you can expect it to last between an hour and an hour and a half.