Bone Grafting

Good bone structure supports a healthy mouth and gums.

Bone loss around the teeth can occur for many reasons. Accident, oral illness and old age can all contribute, causing gum collapse and sagging facial structures.
Oral bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to restore bone to its previous form after tooth/bone loss has occurred, helping your body to naturally start the rebuilding process.

The bone grafting procedure is very simple. The dentist performs a small incision in the gum exposing the jawbone. The bone graft is placed into the affected area, and then covered with a protective membrane. The gum is stitched back in place allowing it to heal organically and gradually.

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An in-depth look at Bone Grafting

The quality and quantity of bone in your jaw is vital to support healthy teeth. Sometimes, to correct defects or treat other dental problems, the dentist may perform a bone graft to replace lost or missing bone.

For example, if the dentist discovers that there isn’t sufficient bone to support a dental implant, a bone graft may be necessary before the implant can be attempted.

Causes of bone loss

After tooth loss, the soft gum tissue grows faster than the bone underneath. This means that the gum’s soft tissue can grow into the vacant space in the jaw before the bone has a chance to fill the hole left by the tooth and root.

Bone can also be lost from the jaw as a result of surgery. This may be to remove a cyst or tumour, from an injury or trauma, or as a result of other dental procedures like a tooth extraction or dental implant.

Bone may also have also been lost over time due to the destructive nature of advanced gum (periodontal) disease

Surgery

Bone grafting isn’t a complex procedure and your dentist will advise on the best method.

The dentist will cut a flap of tissue into the gum at the graft area, to reveal the jaw bone. The piece of bone to be added is placed into the area and covered with a protective membrane before the flap of gum tissue is replaced. The flap is then stitched shut.

The dentist can check on the progress of bone healing over the following weeks by reviewing the area to make sure there is no post-op infection. When the desired amount of growth has been achieved and the area is fully healed, the dentist can then arrange for the implant or other treatment to take place.

Guided Bone Regeneration

Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) uses a membrane to encourage bone growth where it is most needed.

The bone graft site is covered with a membrane that guides how the bone should grow while protecting the area from infection and reducing the possibility of scar tissue.

Recovery

It will take approximately four to six months to heal completely from a bone graft procedure.

To help reduce the risk of infection, you may receive a course of antibiotics. You will also be advised to keep the area clean and sterile with antibiotic mouthwashes.

Read more on Post Operative Care following a Bone Graft

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.

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