The aim of Bone Grafting is to rebuild jaw bone that has deteriorated after the loss of teeth... making successful dental implant treatment possible.
When a tooth is lost the jaw bone in that area begins to shrink. This is a process that begins immediately and continues over your lifetime, or until you replace it with a dental implant. How much bone is lost and how quickly it is lost is variable. We are all individuals and the extent of bone loss is different for each person.
Once you have made the decision to have dental implant treatment, the first step is to asses the bone where the dental implant is going to be placed. We do this by utilising 3D imaging data and specialised planning software. This enables us to view the jaw bone in 3D and gives us the ability to determine whether there is enough bone.
The quality of bone is also able to be assessed. Sometimes the height and width of the bone can appear to be adequate, but the actual quality of the bone is poor. The middle aspect of bone containing bone marrow is quite soft or ‘spongy’. If this area is very large, then the bone won’t be strong enough to support a dental implant.
If it has been determined that there is not enough quality bone in which to place a dental implant, the option of bone grafting will be discussed with you. The bone grafting procedure involves placing substitute bone into the areas identified as requiring more good quality bone.
This bone grafting material acts as a scaffold for the bone-forming cells in your jaw to build on, encouraging them to produce new bone to fill and repair the defect. Eventually the bone grafting materials are broken down by the body leaving only natural, healthy bone in their place.
After about 3 months, depending on the extent of the bone grafting, the new jaw bone is strong enough to support the placement of dental implants.
As we are a specialist oral & maxillofacial surgery practice we are able to offer Medicare rebates on all bone grafting procedures, which aren’t available from your general dentist.
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