Dental bone grafting is a surgical technique to build up bone in areas of the jaw where there is insufficient bone to support a dental implant.
We will want to carry out various diagnostic tests during your initial consultation for dental implants and which include dental x-rays and a CT scan.
These show precisely the amount of available bone in your jaw, and enable us to determine its quality.
Bone loss can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gum disease) or it may be due to injury or trauma.
If you lost teeth quite some time ago then your jawbone will have gradually begun to reabsorb as it lacks the stimulation provided by your natural tooth roots that prompts it to continue growing new bone cells.
We sometimes carry out a bone graft at the same time as placing a dental implant.
This might be the case if relatively little bone is required. Otherwise it is carried out as a separate surgical procedure, usually using artificial or synthetic bone materials to build up deficient areas.
After the graft has been placed, it usually needs to be left to heal and to integrate with your natural bone for several months.
Bone grafts are generally very successful, but there is always a small risk that any surgical procedure could fail.
If this occurs, the graft can be removed and a new graft placed at a later date. This is extremely unlikely as we take extensive precautions during treatment to ensure its success.
At Banyule Dental we provide the most comprehensive range of dental services in the Greensborough area in a friendly, caring environment.
Our emphasis is on patient education and preventative procedures, however we provide the full range of treatment options including cosmetic/reconstructive work, dental implants, crowns/veneers, orthodontics/Invisalign, wisdom tooth surgery and treatments for sleep apnoea/tooth grinding.