Why Might I Need a Bone Graft?
Natural teeth have roots that extend into the jawbone, providing the necessary stimulation to keep this bone healthy and strong. When a natural tooth is removed, this stimulation is lost and as a result the bone will gradually reabsorb. Bone loss can also occur as a result of trauma or advanced gum disease. Unless they are surrounded by sufficient bone, dental implants have a greater chance of failure. Even if the dental implants ‘take’ the final results may not look quite as good. A bone graft is a straightforward and very predictable way to build up bone in areas where it may be deficient, making implant surgery possible and increasing its chances of success.
Bone Graft Materials
The material used for a bone graft can come from a number of different sources. We can harvest the bone from another location in your body which may be from your mouth or your hip, or donor bone can be used. It is becoming increasingly common to use artificial bone. This option can be particularly advantageous as it may contain special growth factors that help encourage your body to produce its own bone cells.
A bone graft may be carried out as an additional procedure prior to implant surgery, or small amounts of graft material can sometimes be placed at the same time as the dental implant. This treatment is very safe and causes minimal discomfort. For more information, please give us a call on (02) 9971 8992 or visit Coastal Smiles at Suite 1, 5 Dee Why Parade, Dee Why NSW 2099.