Bone recedes when tooth lose occurs. Just as soil erodes when trees and plants are removed.
Your dentist may recommend a bone graft to repair or help restore your jaw bone to a level and thickness to make it suitable for dental implants.
Most bone grafts are completed to help restore your bone to its previous level before tooth loss and gum disease occurred.
Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction.
Restoring bone is important to make dental implant procedures as optimal as possible, giving the best result.
The jaw bone supports the muscles and overlying skin which also contribute to the outward facial appearance.
Without the underlying bone, our faces can look prematurely aged.
Bone Graft procedure
During the body’s normal maintenance cycle, specialised cells in the blood continually enter the tissues and remove damaged cells and replace them with new healthy cells.
Grafting procedures place a frame work of material in areas of missing bone into which these cells can enter and start rebuilding bone.
Over time your cells will remodel the graft into your own functioning bone.
Bone graft comes either from your own jaw bone or taken from a different area, or a bovine source.
Your own bone is a good source of additional bone, but it may require an additional surgical procedure and it may have to remove a significant volume of bone.
Bovine source is disease free, sterile and easy to use as it is prepacked in quantities suitable for dental use. It has excellent results and is very common.
What to expect with bone grafting.
Ridge augmentation after bone loss.
Lost Bone. Bone loss occurs when teeth are no longer present to stimulate the bone. Too much bone loss will require a ridge augmentation procedure to rebuild the lost bone so dental implants can be placed.
Restore your bone. Your dentist will use bone graft material to restore you jaw bone to its natural shape so it can support dental implants. Bone replacement material can take up to 6 – 9 months to integrate fully and become fully calcified.
Restoring your smile. Once your body has had a chance to heal and remodel the graft. The dentist can now place dental implants and restore your smile.