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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting procedures are usually required when there is not enough bone available to support dental implants.

A bone grafting procedure attempts to correct a deficiency or defect in a patient’s jawbone. This procedure can be performed by using bone taken from the patient, or by using specific materials, called “bone substitutes”.

Loss of bone volume can be caused by a variety of factors due to:

Many patients choose to use their own bone for a bone graft, but one may also opt to receive bone from a donor.

If one chooses to use their own bone, it is normally extracted from behind the teeth furthest in the rear, the chin, or from other areas in the body such as the hip or shin.

Using your own bone for a bone graft will require having a donor site and surgical site simultaneously. This can cause additional healing time and pain. However, many people prefer using their own bone in a bone graft in spite of these effects.

Types of Bone Grafting

Z Bone Grafting

Bone grafting involves adding bone material to the affected area. Bone grafting materials can be easily obtained from other areas of the jaw or from pre-packaged bone graft mineral.

Z Socket Grafting

When a tooth is extracted, the bone around the extraction site tends to collapse inward and eventually shrink. However, bone can be preserved and even improved by adding bone mineral, with a dissolving collagen sponge, to the site.

Z Sinus Grafting

The maxillary sinuses are empty pockets behind your cheeks, above your upper back teeth. Sometimes, after an upper molar is extracted and the socket heals, only a thin layer of bone will remain underneath the sinus. If the sinus floor is thin, grafting to the area may be required before implants can be installed.

Z Ridge Augmentation

When teeth have been missing for a long time, the bone left in the area may become too narrow and/or too short for implant placement. In these cases, small, carefully prepared and fitted grafts can be placed at the implant sites to provide adequate bone thickness and/or height.

Uses of Bone Grafting

Bone grafting procedures aim to accomplish the following:

Z Saving Teeth

When severe gum disease causes bone loss, teeth can become loose and at risk of being lost. To save teeth, the bone around them can be regenerated through grafting, increasing bone support and maintaining the teeth.

Z Tooth Extractions

Nowadays, it is very common to deposit bone grafting material into the extraction site after a tooth has been pulled. That way, should you want to replace your tooth with a dental implant afterwards, that option will be readily available.

Z Dental Implants

In implant dentistry, a small titanium post embedded in the jawbone is attached to a natural-looking dental crown, permanently replacing the missing tooth.

Implants require good bone structure and density to be used to their full functionality and to achieve high success rates. If you experience bone loss, a bone grafting procedure can help regenerate enough bone to place the implant successfully.

What to Expect During a Bone Grafting Procedure

The bone grafting procedure usually requires only local anaesthesia, though oral or IV sedatives can also be used for a higher state of relaxation.

Since a small cut is made in your gum tissue to access the bone that will receive the graft, you may experience pain in the graft site post-surgery.

This can usually be addressed by over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and/or painkillers, as well as regular ice therapy.

Any discomfort should only last for a day or two.

Then, over the next months, your body will replace the graft with your own bone, reversing progressive bone loss you have experienced.

Bone Grafting Procedures in Casula

Bone grafting procedures performed at Casula Dental Care is guaranteed safe and effective. Your treatment plan is carefully tailored only for you!

Visit your Casula dentist today!

If you want to know more about our bone grafting procedures in Casula, please call us on (02) 9199 9695 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Shop 17A Casula Mall, 1 Ingham Drive in Casula.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a dental procedure performed to rebuild bone in areas where bone has been lost.
How long does it take to heal?
After a day or two, you should feel back to normal. However, the bone-regeneration process has only just started. Your body will continue to produce new bone cells over the next several months.
How long is the recovery period?
This depends on the type of bone grafting done, the size of the graft and your own particular healing! A full assessment of this can be made at your consultation at Casula Dental Care.